BMW this week Announcing two new cars With support for Digital Key Plus, including the 2023 X1 and the all-new electric SUV called the iX1.

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Digital Key Plus allows compatible BMW vehicles to be locked, unlocked or started using your iPhone or Apple Watch, eliminating the need for a physical key. The standard NFC version of the feature requires placing your iPhone or Apple Watch near the driver’s side door to unlock the car, but Digital Key Plus uses ultra-wideband technology to detect if you’re near the car, allowing you to keep your iPhone in your pocket.

Digital Key Plus also improves security, as Ultra Wideband’s precise location awareness helps prevent paging attacks, where the radio signal between the iPhone and the vehicle is either jammed or intercepted by another party.

Digital Key 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 is gradually being 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 newer cars, with a full list Available on the Apple website.

Digital Key Plus can be set up using a file My BMW appNumeric keys can be shared with up to five other users. Even if your iPhone’s battery runs out, the feature still works for up to five additional hours through Power Reserve mode.

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