Wallet and key
According to confidential documents CNBC received, Apple is making US states a part of the bill and providing customer support for its plan to convert iPhones into digital IDs.
The company requires states to maintain the systems needed to issue and maintain credentials, hire project managers to respond to Apple inquiries, prominently market the new feature, and promote its rollout with other government agencies, all at a cost the taxpayer states, according to the four contracts signed.
Apple announced in June that its users would soon be able to store government-issued IDs in the iPhone’s Wallet app for billing as a more secure and convenient way for customers to provide credentials in a variety of personal and remote settings. Combined with Apple’s biometric security measures like Face ID, the feature could reduce fraud.
However, the move has raised questions from industry observers as to why local authorities are taking control of …