Apple wants the iPhone and Watch to function more sophisticated, not just as gadgets and wallets. The technology giant also prepared an ambitious plan to turn the two handheld devices into e-passports.
The plan was revealed from a patent proposal filed by Apple. It contains the reasons that now the government has used many forms of identification that can store information and be used to certify the authenticity of its users.
Apple exemplifies the concept with electronic chips that are currently embedded in e-Passport. The chip is named, date of birth, and various data of the owner.
So, when it has actually materialized, iPhone and Watch users simply walk through the scanner. Then all the data in iPhone and Watch will be automatically compared to the data stored by local immigration.
This, according to Apple patents, can be realized by using short-range radio technology and security elements. Then a computer is used to read passport data inside a handheld device and customize it with immigration data.
This Apple patent has now been approved by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and may actually be realized. But one thing to remember, patents are just a concept. Although Apple can make it happen, not necessarily they will actually release it in time.