BMW announces the latest vehicles that can be unlocked with your iPhone while still in your pocket

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bmw this week Two new vehicles announced With support for its Digital Key Plus feature, which includes the 2023 X1 and an all-new electric SUV called the iX1.

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The Digital Key Plus allows compatible BMW vehicles to be locked, unlocked or started with an iPhone or Apple Watch, eliminating the need for a physical key. The standard NFC version of the feature requires an iPhone or Apple Watch near the driver’s side door to unlock the vehicle, but the Digital Key Plus uses ultra-wideband technology to detect when the vehicle is near, allowing You can put your iPhone inside. your pocket.

Digital Key Plus also enhances security, as the precise location awareness of ultra wideband helps prevent relay attacks, where the radio signal between the iPhone and the vehicle is intercepted or intercepted by another party.

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Digital Keys Plus requires an iPhone 11 or later, or an Apple Watch Series 6 or later, with digital keys stored in Apple’s built-in Wallet app. The feature has been gradually rolled out to more BMW models, such as the 2022 i4, 2022 iX, and now the 2023 X1 and iX1. BMW is also offering the standard NFC-based digital key feature on a wider range of 2021 and new vehicles along with a full list. Available on Apple website,

Can be configured using Digital Key Plus My BMW AppAnd the digital keys can be shared with up to five other users. Even if your iPhone’s battery runs out, the feature will continue to work for an additional five hours through Power Reserve mode.

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