Apple Suddenly Reveals 1 Key Feature Could Change For Millions Of iPhone Users

The latest beta release of iPhone software reveals a big change is coming to the iPhone Wallet app.

The iPhone 14 is almost here—Apple just announced the date for its big reveal and we can work out the release date that will follow. With it will come iOS 16, the software that will power the new iPhones and lots of current ones (it’ll be compatible as far back as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X from 2017).

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But before the general release of the new software which is expected in September, details have been leaking out. Latest is something that was spotted by 9to5Mac, in the depths of the code for the beta for iPadOS 16.1, and it reveals a big change.

At first glance, it seems quite mundane, but look more closely.

You know the Wallet app, that one that stores your tickets, boarding passes and more, and lets you pay for stuff through Apple Pay? Right now, if you don’t want it on your iPhone, you can remove it from the home screen but you can’t delete it.

In the iPadOS 16.1 beta, there’s evidence that you can download the app from the App Store if it’s been removed.

This is a big change, because Apple has jealously protected Wallet and Apple Pay from being opened up to third-parties. PayPal, for instance, can’t use Apple Pay.

So, perhaps the new development is because Apple is aware of the hostile approaches it is facing from companies who want their own mobile wallets for tap-to-pay payments on the iPhone.

To be clear, this update is for the iPad only right now—and it’s only a beta release so could change radically before general release. But it makes sense that what the iPad beta does today, the iPhone beta will do tomorrow.

We’ll know more in the coming weeks—Apple’s next event is just two weeks away—so please check back.

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