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Apple rolls out CarKey feature with iOS 13.6: Here is all you need to know

Apple rolled out the latest version of its operating software, the iOS 13.6 for iPhones. But you cannot use the feature with every other car.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | July 16, 2020 | Updated 14:32 IST

Highlights

  • Apple has rolled out CarKey feature with iOS 13.6 for iPhones.
  • CarKey feature lets Apple iPhone users access their BMW just by tapping their device against the door handle
  • Apple first announced the CarKey feature in WWDC 2020 with BMW as its first partner

Apple rolled out the latest version of its operating software, the iOS 13.6 for iPhones. The new update brings along a lot of new features including the much-awaited CarKey feature but to use that, you will have to buy a new BMW first.

The CarKey feature lets Apple iPhone users access their BMW just by tapping their device against the door handle of the car. Interestingly, the CarKey can also be shared with friends and family without really handing over a physical key.

Apple first announced the CarKey feature in WWDC 2020 with BMW as its first partner. It was announced that the first car which will be compatible with Apple's CarKey feature would be the new 2021 BMW 5 Series. To access your car with your iPhone, you first need to pair your phone with your car. Once you are done pairing, you will have to hold your iPhone near the NFC reader in your car, that would presumably be placed on the door handle. By doing so, you can unlock your car and also start it.

Apple says that the iPhone models having iOS 13.6 or later can add Car keys to their iPhones. The compatible models are iPhone SE (2nd generation) iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 1, Phone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. In case you want to use your Apple Watch as the CarKey, you would require an Apple Watch Series 5 with watchOS 6.2.8 or later.

Apple Carkey can also be shared with up to five friends and family members using the Apple iMessage. The user can create separate profiles for all the other users and decide how much access he wants to give to the users

Here is how you can add car keys to Apple Wallet on your iPhone

—To add car key to your Apple device you will have to first make sure that your car is associated with the account provided by the maker of your car/

— After doing that, open the car app on your phone and follow the instructions to set up a key. When you are done setting up, the car app will send the key to your Apple wallet.

—Tap Continue.
—When you receive, place your iPhone on NFC and wait for your iPhone and car to pair.
— Once the pairing is over, Tap on Done.

Users need to ensure that their iPhone is passcode-protected so that they can authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID, or by simply entering the passcode. You also need to be signed in to your apple id to use the feature.

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