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BMW Digital Key for iPhone

Apple announced yesterday that BMW will become the first automaker to allow its customers to use the iPhone as a fully digital car key. Thus achieving a safe and easy way to use the iPhone as a car key to open, close, drive and share the keys with friends.

BMW was the first to integrate the iPod into its vehicles, the first to offer wireless Apple CarPlay and now the first to introduce support for BMW Digital Key stored securely in the Apple Wallet for iPhone.

BMW Digital Key for iPhone.

The new BMW digital key for iPhone will allow customers to simply tap to unlock the vehicle and easily get going by placing the iPhone on the smartphone tray and pressing the home button. The setting of the digital key can be done via the BMW Smartphone app. The car owner can also share access with up to 5 friends, including a configurable car access option for young drivers that restricts maximum speed, power, maximum radio volume and more. Access management can be done from inside the car, as well as through Apple Wallet.

Additional features of the new digital key include:

  • Storage in the secure element of your iPhone and access through Apple Wallet.

  • Power reserve for iPhone where the car keys will continue to work for up to five hours if
    iPhone shuts down due to low battery.

  • Possibility of sharing access with up to 5 friends through iMessage.

  • Apple Watch compatibility.

Wide availability of BMW and iPhones models.

BMW announces the availability of Digital Key for iPhone in 45 countries on a wide range of models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after 1 July 2020. Compatible iPhone models will be iPhone XR, iPhone XS or later, and Apple Watch Series 5 or later.

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