Apple has spotted “preparing support for more digital car keys” – is your vehicle on the list?

APPLE is working to add Hyundai and Build Your Dreams (BYD) to the list of manufacturers compatible with its digital car keys.

Apple digital car keys allow users to lock, unlock and start their vehicles using a pass stored in the Wallet app on iPhone or Apple Watch.

A driver uses his smartphone's digital key to unlock his car


A driver uses his smartphone’s digital key to unlock his carPhoto credit: Hyundai

Ultra-wideband with Express Mode in iOS 15 can automatically lock and unlock a compatible car as you approach without having to wake up your device, MacRumors reports.

This action is referred to as passively entering or exiting the vehicle.

BMW was the first automaker to make some of its models compatible with Apple’s digital car keys in 2020.

Some Kia and Genesis models soon followed BMW’s lead.

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Hyundai and BYD news broke in recent days when Apple was spotted adding the two automakers to its Apple Pay configuration file, MacRumors reports.

Apple has a similar pending request for Genesis as of September, according to MacRumors.

Genesis is a luxury brand owned by Hyundai.

BYD is a lesser-known automaker compared to Hyundai.

BYD is a Chinese automaker working to expand into other countries.

BYD announced it would switch from making gas-powered cars to making all-electric and plug-in hybrids last April.

Apple lists its requirements for using digital keys as follows:

  • A compatible car. To find out if your car is compatible, contact the manufacturer or your dealer.
  • An iPhone XS or later or iPhone SE (2nd generation) with the latest version of iOS, or an Apple Watch Series 5 or later or Apple Watch SE with the latest version of watchOS. To use passive access or remote features in compatible vehicles, you need an iPhone 11 or later or an Apple Watch Series 6 or later.
  • An Apple ID signed in to iCloud.

A Bloomberg report suggests that Hyundai and BYD models will be compatible with Apple’s digital car keys by the end of the summer.

BYD car


BYD carPhoto credit: BYD

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