Apple adding security verification with selfies to validate ID cards in iOS 15 Wallet app

9to5Mac has learned that in iOS 15, Apple is implementing a new security verification system with selfies to ensure that only the owner of an ID card can add it to the Wallet app.

Apple adding security verification with selfies to validate ID cards in iOS 15 Wallet app

Filipe Espósito for 9to5Mac:

To add an ID card to the iPhone, the user will need to go through a few verification steps in order to prevent someone else from stealing their documents. Interestingly, this security verification will use selfies to validate the user. Validation through selfies is not exactly new as some banking apps already require selfies from users to authenticate access on new devices, but this system was all created by Apple using the built-in technologies of the iPhone.

The onboarding process will look very similar to the Face ID setup, in which the user needs to rotate their head to register their face. The difference is that the animations will guide the user to capture their face in different positions, such as looking sideways, raising the eyebrows, opening the mouth, and even smiling.

Another piece of code suggests that these photos will be processed through on-device analysis. Of course, after the ID card is successfully added to the Wallet app, you’ll be able to use it with a simple Face ID confirmation.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iOS 15 preview website states the following about the Wallet app, “Add your driver’s license or state ID to Wallet for use when you travel and, in the future, at retailers and venues. Available late 2021. Starting in participating U.S. states, add your ID to Wallet for use when you travel. With a tap of your iPhone or paired Apple Watch, you’ll be able to securely present your ID to speed through TSA security checkpoints. Presenting your identification is easy and secure with Face ID or Touch ID. Your ID in Apple Wallet is protected by the same technology that makes Apple Pay private and secure.”


  1. This is pure racism from the all white male management of Apple. Using authentic ID tools for verification of purchases and other transactions prevents black people, who don’t have the requisite knowledge or tools to take selfies or own an iPhone. Anyone should be allowed to use the device for purchases regardless of whether they are the actual owner. Doing otherwise is an overt act of white supremacy and also an attack on our valued illegal alien population who may not have yet received their government issued free device. Nobody should be prevented from doing any transaction they want to. That is justice. Apple should copy the security arrangements used in the last election to insure inclusivity and acceptance of black and LGBTQ superiority.

    1. Right on the mark, except for one thing. These inmates running the insane asylum don’t want “justice”. That would mean that if you commit a violent crime you would go to prison regardless of your skin color. What they want is “equity”. To them the much higher proportional black prison population proves racism. They overlook the dramatically higher incidence of crime among this demographic. Equity would mean that the percentage of incarcerated minorities would never be more than their proportion of the population. And equity demands, not equal economic opportunity, but rather equal income outcomes regardless of whether you work or stay home and subsist on gobment redistribution of wealth.

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