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BMW Connected App Adds Support for Apple’s Digital Car Key

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Apple formally introduced its new Car Key function at WWDC 2020 final thirty day period, teasing that BMW motorists would be the consumers equipped to use it.

Now, according to a new press release, BMW has released an update to its BMW Connected app that adds support for Apple’s new digital car key feature. The update will allow BMW customers with a compatible model to use their iPhone as a digital car key to unlock their car.

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According to the release notes, the BMW Digital Key for the iPhone will allow customers to not only lock and unlock their car by holding the phone near the door handle but start it by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray as well. You can also share your key to give access to your car to others, but it is limited to five people.

BMW’s Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ feature works with a number of BMW models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M, and Z4 if manufactured after July 1st 2020. Compatible vehicles will be shown on the vehicle tab in the app.

The feature requires an iPhone XR, XS, or newer is required, and Apple Watch compatibility is restricted to the Apple Watch Series 5 or newer.

You can read the full release notes from the update below:

At the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference BMW and Apple announced that BMW will become the first carmaker to enable its customers to use iPhone as a fully digital car key. The strong relationship of both companies led to a real BMW car key stored securely on iPhone in Apple Wallet.

The BMW Digital Key for the iPhone will enable you to lock and unlock your car by holding iPhone up to the door handle and start it up by placing iPhone in the smartphone tray. The car owner can also share access to up to 5 friends. The Digital Key will be also available via your Apple Watch. Setup of the Digital Key can be done through the BMW Connected App while the Digital Key is stored in Apple Wallet after setup.

We are excited to announce the availability of Digital Key for iPhone for a broad range of models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1st 2020. If your vehicle is capable it will be shown on the vehicle tab. Compatible iPhone models will be iPhone XR, iPhone XS or newer and Apple Watch Series 5 or newer. Make sure you always have the latest version to benefit from these updates. Stay connected and enjoy a seamless mobility experience!

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