Every conceivable augmentation to the Apple Wallet

When you leave the house, you probably grab three things: your phone, keys, and wallet. The third is something that Apple and Google are aiming to eliminate together. Both firms are working to make it possible to ditch your keychain and wallet in favor of a digital wallet on your smartphone.

When you leave the house, you probably grab three things: your phone, keys, and wallet. The third is something that Apple and Google are aiming to eliminate together. Both firms are working to make it possible to ditch your keychain and wallet in favor of a digital wallet on your smartphone.

Apple spent a lot of time and effort transforming the Passbook app—once used for loyalty cards and tickets—into the current Wallet app found on iPhones. Apple's plan to make keys and wallets obsolete centers on the Apple Wallet app.

During the WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple demonstrated three upcoming changes to iOS 16. To start, Apple Pay Order Tracking will provide instant updates on the status of packages placed with participating retailers. Apple Pay Order Tracking will initially support the millions of Shopify-powered stores.

Apple Pay Later is a new service that allows users to make purchases immediately but pay for them later. Another financial service available exclusively in the United States is Apple Pay Later, joining Apple Card and Apple Cash. As a final note, Apple detailed their progress toward integrating IDs into the Wallet app. Only two US states provide functionality at this time, but eleven more will join them soon.

My credit card (for purchases over the $250 contactless limit), my province's health card, and my driver's license are the only three cards I need to carry around thanks to my Tesla, HomeKit door lock, and the Wallet app. My iPhone 13 Pro and the other two fit perfectly in the Magsafe Wallet.

Now that Apple is giving the Wallet app another look, I thought it would be a good time to run down all the Canadian-specific additions you can make to your iPhone's Wallet app.

Okay, let's get down to business:

Apple Pay

For most iPhone owners, using Apple Pay is their first experience with the Wallet app. I still find it exciting to use my Apple Watch as a form of payment, even though Apple Pay has been available in Canada for years. The Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch now support Apple Pay, a mobile payment system. Users can make contactless payments using their iPhone or Apple Watch by adding a credit or debit card and then "tapping" the device in the same way they would a physical card.

People's worries about losing control of their financial information when using Apple Pay instead of a physical card are widespread. Intriguingly, Apple Pay improves security over traditional card payment methods. To start, if you're using an iOS device like an iPhone or Apple Watch, your device can tell if a payment terminal is legitimate. When you use a regular credit or debit card, your information is constantly broadcast to any nearby device that can read the card. Second, your credit card number, expiration date, and other details are never transmitted when using Apple Pay. Instead of sending the actual payment details, Apple Pay sends the merchant a unique identifier for the user's device.

This method prevents stores from gaining access to any supplementary information that might be contained on your actual card. It also safeguards your financial information in case the retailer suffers a data breach.

You can enroll a card in Apple Pay by doing the following: 1 The Wallet app must be opened. 2 Just hit the plus sign up there on the right to add something.

3. Pay with a debit or credit card
I. 4. Select Continue
5. Place your card face-up in the image viewer, and your card information will be entered for you.


6. Click the Next button
7. Key in the three-digit CVV
8. Click the Next Button
9. Select the Agree button
10 If asked, verify your card information.

Passes

Tickets, boarding passes, confirmations for Genius Bar visits, Apple Store online order pickup, Airbnb bookings, and many other things are all examples of passes. In the Wallet app, passes serve as a catchall for digital ticket confirmations to various events. In the past, customers had to physically print their own online-purchased boarding passes and movie tickets. Beginning in 2022, customers will be able to save these receipts digitally on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Event staff can quickly verify attendees' digital passes by scanning their corresponding QR codes printed on the passes. Metadata, such as location and time-based reminders, can also be added to passes. Upon entering a theater or concert hall, for instance, your iPhone's lock screen can display your ticket.

Adding a pass to the Wallet app entails: 1 In app or on a confirmation email, you'll see an "Add to Wallet" icon.

2. Select the Wallet button.
3. Tap Add

Incentives for Repeat Business

Numerous people today carry around an excessive number of loyalty cards. We're all in it for the points, so we can use them for discounts or free stuff. The proliferation of loyalty programs, however, has led to many instances of lost membership cards.

With the Wallet app, you can keep track of your loyalty cards and other payment methods without having to carry around a bulky physical wallet. Air Miles, Scene, PC Optimum, and the Ikea Family Card are just a few of the widely used loyalty cards that are compatible with the Wallet app.

Some loyalty cards may be added to the Wallet app via a third-party app, such as Stocard, even if they are not supported by the Wallet app directly. Using Stocard, I was able to add my loyalty cards for TJ Maxx, Moores, Global Pet Foods, and my local library to the Wallet app on my iPhone.

Put simply, to add a card that works with the Wallet app: 1 Get the free iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app (i e In-Scene or Best Performance on Personal Computer) 2 Look for the membership card in the app.

3. Select the Wallet button.


4. Tap Add

Insurance

Some car insurers even let you store your policy information in Apple's Wallet app. Never, ever, give your iPhone to the police. When filling out paperwork or submitting a claim, however, having a digital copy of your insurance policy card in the Wallet app can save you time. How your insurance card is added to Apple Wallet can vary from company to company. When a new customer signs up for Zenith's services, they'll receive an email with an "Add to Wallet" button at the bottom.

Whereas, Intact follows the lead of other loyalty card companies by requiring you to add your card via their app. If you want to add your auto insurance policy card to the Wallet app, you should first check your insurance provider's app or your original confirmation email to see if they support this feature.

Instructions for importing a health insurance card into the Wallet app:
1. Select the "Add to Wallet" button.
Step 2: Select the "Add" button

Gift Cards

Gift cards from select establishments, including Starbucks and Apple, can be stored in the Wallet app. You can get more out of your gift cards by storing them in the Wallet app. As a first benefit, you'll have less stuff in your actual wallet. Second, unlike passes, gift cards can use your location to pop up on your lock screen when you're near a participating retailer, so you'll never forget to use them.

Finally, you'll never again have to guess how much money is left on a gift card because the balance is updated instantly. And lastly, the Wallet app ensures that you'll never misplace your gift cards by keeping them in a secure digital vault.

Adding a gift card that can be used with the Wallet app requires the following steps: 1 Look for a quick response code on the back of your gift card. 2 Start the iPhone's camera app. 3 To scan a QR code, hold your iPhone's camera over the barcode on your gift card. 4 Select the option to "Add to Wallet"

5. Tap Add

The Use of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone has faced difficulties because of COVID-19, and for some areas the fight is far from over. Because of this, vaccination certificates may not be required by all businesses, while others may But with the Wallet app's new COVID-19 vaccination card support, Apple has made it incredibly simple to show and validate your card. Your name, vaccination insurer, and the manufacturer of the COVID-19 vaccine are all displayed on the vaccination card in the Wallet app, along with the number of doses you've received and when they were administered. In addition, a QR code is included for speedy authentication. Instead of digging through the Photos app, I just double-click the iPhone's side button to reveal my vaccination card.

If you have a physical COVID-19 vaccination card with a QR code, you can upload it to the Apple Wallet app by doing the following:

Scan the QR code displayed on your paper or other device to verify that you have received your vaccinations. 1 Grab your iPhone and fire up the camera. 2 Simply point your iPhone's camera at the vaccination's QR code. 3 Open the Health app and select the yellow notification. 4 The Apple Health app will open.

5. Select Wallet & Health to Add to Collection

You can import a picture of your COVID-19 vaccination QR code into the Apple Wallet app if you already have it.

Launch the Photos app and pick the picture you want to edit. 1 Hold your finger on the QR code until the Health app prompt appears, and then tap "Open." 2 If prompted, select the Health app. 3 The Apple Health app will open.

4. Choose 'Add to Wallet & Health'

Keys

When the addition of keys was first announced, some users of the Wallet app found it amusing. It was widely joked that keys should not be kept in wallets. This is correct in the real world, but in the virtual one, keys can be stored alongside our other digital cards, such as our credit, debit, and loyalty cards. Like Apple Pay, "keys" allow you entry by communicating with a terminal device via the NFC chip in your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Students and workers alike can use the Wallet app to store their identification badges, car and house keys, and campus IDs. These keys have varying minimal device specifications, but they all require iOS 9 or later, or watchOS 3.

Keys within the Wallet app grant access to Express Mode and Power Reserve Express Mode without the need for any additional third-party apps. With Express Mode enabled, students, employees, and homeowners can enter their respective buildings and vehicles without requiring additional verification. A simple wave of their iPhone or Apple Watch is all that's required. When the iPhone or Apple Watch battery dies, users can still access their wallets thanks to Power Reserve Express Mode. Battery life is optimized such that a user can safely return home without worrying about running out of juice.

Digital IDs for students were introduced in Apple's Wallet app so that they could be used for things like paying for meals and gaining entry to dorms. New Brunswick's University and Ontario's Sheridan College were the country's pioneers in offering students this choice. You can learn more about including student IDs in the wallet app here, though first you'll need to verify that your school supports doing so.

Like student IDs, the purpose of employee badges is to streamline the process of granting access to employees through electronic means. Workers no longer need to physically wave a badge to enter the building, as they can use their iPhones or Apple Watches instead. To find out if your company offers this option, you should have a conversation with your HR department. In this Apple Support article, you can learn more about ID badges for your staff.

Apple's Car Key is an effort to streamline the car-key experience provided by your vehicle's manufacturer. The ability to enter and exit one's vehicle is made possible by car keys. As of March 2022, 18 different vehicles support the Car Key. There are primarily BMWs, but there are also alternatives from Kia and Genesis. An iPhone XS, iPhone SE (2nd gen), Apple Watch Series 5, or Apple Watch SE with iOS 12 or watchOS 5 is required to use Car Key. In addition, you can configure Car Key by reading this Apple support article.

The newest member of the Wallet app's key family is called Home Key. With Home Key, opening a door on an iPhone or Apple Watch is as quick as making a purchase with Apple Pay. Waving your iPhone or Apple Watch in front of the lock will unlock it. Two locks that are compatible with the Apple Home Key have been released as of March 2022.

Home Depots in the US stock the Schlage Encode Plus, and we can only hope that they start carrying it in Canada soon. The Aqara A100 lock is only expected to be available in China. The keys to a car or a house can be sent via email or text message. If necessary, they can be revoked from afar as well. Apple, of course, provides a help article in case you want to find out more.

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