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Install iOS 13.7 for Digital Car Key Support

Install iOS 13.7 for Digital Car Key Support

Apple announced its new digital car key feature during WWDC 2020. And while it was hyped as an iOS 14 feature, it's actually available right now via iOS 13.7, iOS 13.6.1, and iOS 13.6. 

In a nutshell, digital car key allows you to unlock, lock, and start your car with your iPhone. In order for it to work, you need a compatible car and a device running iOS 13.7, iOS 13.6.1, or iOS 13.6. BMW is one of Apple's first partners. 

According to BMW, iPhone and Apple Watch users need to be on iOS 13.7/iOS 13.6.1/iOS 13.6 and WatchOS 6.2.8 (or newer) in order to use the digital car key. The feature is also limited to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and newer models. 

As for the specific car models, you'll need to own a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4. If you own one of those, the company has added support for the feature to its Connected application on the App Store.

  • Other digital car key support features include
  • Securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud
  • Share digital keys easily with iMessage
  • Driver-specific profiles so you can configure shared keys for full-access or restricted driving
  • Power reserve lets you unlock and start your car for up to five hours after iPhone runs out of battery

If you own a compatible car and this sounds interesting to you, and you skipped iOS 13.6.1 and iOS 13.6, think about downloading iOS 13.7.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Kangers

    09/27/2019 at 9:00 pm

    Warning to hearing aid users. If your aids stream music or phone calls, e.g. Phonak marvels or resound equivalent, DO NOT UPGRADE TO IOS 13 or 13.1. This functionality is completely lost. There is no current fix. Additionally the settings screen is not available at all. It certainly wasn’t on my iPhone 11 with preinstalled ios13.

    • maxglitz

      09/30/2019 at 6:49 pm

      Kangers, I should buy you a drink. I was seconds away from installing iOs 13.1.2 when I read your comment. I’m one of those Resound hearing aid wearers that depends greatly on their app and being able to bluetooth my phone to my hearing aids. THANK YOU for saving me some real grief.

  2. anonymous

    10/01/2019 at 6:16 pm

    iOS13 is google friendly made.
    For example, Safari13 repeatedly and periodically try to connect to safebrowsing.googleapis.com
    even if I completely turned off fraudulent site protection and I just only enabled private browsing mode.
    iOS13 or Safari13 sends every apple user’s device information(http useragent) and ip address periodically to google company. It includes usage pattern information and indication of who is using apple device.
    Why? Now, apple is best friend of google. My privacy and anonymity is not important to them.
    My iOS version is 13.1.2

  3. אאא

    10/02/2019 at 8:51 am

    Don’t update to IOS 13 by any means they make a lot of small (and very annoying) changes to make you want a new iPhone
    IOS 13 is not suitable for a reset that has the 3D Touch Home button does not switch between appliques
    3D Touch works in parallel with a long touch which is really uncomfortable
    A large part of the changes in IOS 13 do not take into account that the iPhone 8 screen is smaller than more advanced devices

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