The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application for a ‘Document importation into secure element’ filed by Apple back in March.
The patent was on how iPhone users could replace their driving license, passport, membership cards, or any other ID document with a digital one accessible via their iOS devices. The patent talked about how a system can import credential data from a certified source, which can then be presented to any authority challenging the identity of the iPhone user as a form of proof.
As described, a short-range radio like an RFID or NFC will be used alongside a secure element for holding data. The device will acquire a ‘portion of credential information’ from an identification document that was issued legally.
According to the patent application, there is mention of an e-Passport. One that includes the use of chips to store user data; like names and place/date of birth among other personal identifiers. Apple also suggests that the proposed e-Passport could also be used to display passport number and other similar details.
Though Apple does not in explicit terms mention iPhone as the device for carrying …read more
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