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Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports

August 9, 2018

Filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 30 and published on Thursday, the patent application for “Document importation into secure element” describes how such a system could import credential data from a source. The same credentials could then be provided to an authority challenging the identity of the device owner as a form of proof.

The described electronic device has a short-range radio, namely RFID or NFC, and a secure element for holding data, as well as the ability to process data. Using RFID, the device acquires a “portion of credential information” from an identification document issued by an authority, such as a driving license or a membership card.

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