iOS 15: Apple validates ID cards using a selfie

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The latest beta version of iOS 15 contains information on how Apple intends to control ID cards stored in the wallet app in the future. The function called “ID cards” is initially only intended for the United States of America and only in some states there. As is customary in the USA, the document to be deposited is the driver’s license issued by the Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV); identity cards are not known in the country besides the regular passport. Once stored, you should be able to use the ID to move around at the airport, for example, when the security authority TSA checks it.

To deposit the driver’s license, start the wallet app as usual. The front is then scanned by a camera. Then you go through how 9to5Mac has discovered a multilevel Verification process based on selfies or live recordingswhich are then analyzed by the iPhone.

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Apple apparently wants to make sure that no one can deposit a stolen driver’s license. The technology is not fundamentally new – banks in the USA are also sometimes doing this. According to the content in the latest iOS 15 beta, the process is reminiscent of setting up the face recognition Face ID. First, a photo is taken that is compared with the ID.

Then you have to move your head so that the system can recognize the authenticity of the person. This includes opening your mouth, smiling, or raising your eyebrows and opening your mouth. The iPhone guides the user through the process with vibrations, among other things, which signal that a step has been completed.

Apple seems to use a number of AI functions in order to achieve a secure comparison – it is reminiscent of Ident procedures as we know them from Germany, where there is always a person doing the comparison. The technology is in a private API – whether Apple on site to release it for other developers remains unclear.


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