September 20, 2020

Apple releases iOS 13.6: unlock and lock vehicles through Apple devices

2 min read

Apple today introduced the stable version of iOS 13.6 update to supported devices. If there is no accident, this should be the last major version update of the iOS 13 series.

Since iOS 14 has started public beta and will release a stable version in the fall, the subsequent iOS 13 version will only be a bug fix if it will be updated.

There are still quite a few new features attached to this update, especially the update that adds a car key function to support unlocking and locking of compatible vehicles.

iPadOS 13.1.2

“iOS 13 – Concept by Álvaro Pabesio” by Álvaro Pabesio is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

So your iPhone can now be directly transformed into a car key, of course, the premise is that the vehicle must be compatible, and of course, it cannot be used if it is not compatible.

At present, Apple is working with BMW and other car companies to develop digital car keys, which allows users to unlock and lock vehicles through Apple series devices.

Supporting functions include: unlocking and locking compatible supported vehicles through Apple series devices, and safely removing digital keys of lost devices through iCloud function.

The digital key can be easily shared with family and friends through the Apple iMessage function, and full or specific permissions can be granted based on the data when sharing the digital key.

In addition, in order to ensure that users can successfully unlock the vehicle, the newly added power reserve function allows users to unlock and start the vehicle within five hours of battery exhaustion.

This update of the Apple Health app adds a lot of symptom categories, including the symptoms from the menstrual tracking record, and also adds symptoms such as fever, chills, and cough.

These newly added symptoms are also open to authorization for third-party applications, and users can share data after installing third-party applications and granting appropriate permissions.