Timothy R. Primrose, Mobile Forensic Expert
The 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), like almost everything else in 2020, employed necessary changes due to COVID-19. The WWDC is an annual (in-person) event that Apple hosts for developers to meet Apple engineers and attend different sessions and labs. Apple also provides information about ongoing projects and upcoming releases. Due to COVID-19, WWDC became a virtual event.
On Monday, June 22, 2020, Apple held a 2-hour live stream to kick off the virtual WWDC where they revealed various new features that would be implemented in the next iOS update. One standout feature is Apple’s new “digital car key” which enables iPhone users to enter, start, and operate their cars from their smartphones. The concept is simple: program your phone, then leave your car keys at home. Apple’s goal is convenience for their consumers, providing them with a way to leave home with one less possession to worry about.
The digital car key grants users with the ability to unlock their vehicle by tapping their phone on the door. The feature utilizes near field communication (NFC) to communicate with the vehicle. Once in the driver’s seat, the phone is placed on a charging pad, which allows the vehicle operator to use the push to start functionality of the vehicle.