Hyundai's digital key technology is currently only available to Android users on LG or Samsung phones.
Hyundai cars are getting increasingly more technologically advanced. The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson SUV comes equipped with a larger eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, which can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch display, while wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also offered as standard. Recent spy shots showed the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 will have wide infotainment screens spanning almost the entire width of the dashboard.
Like many automakers, Hyundai offers digital key technology, allowing owners to remotely control some functions using an app on their phone such as locking and unlocking doors and remotely starting or stopping the engine without a traditional key fob.
Since being introduced in 2019, it's availability has been very limited, with support only offered to Samsung and LG Android smartphones. Thankfully, this is finally about to change.
According to Business Korea, Hyundai has obtained special permission from Apple to develop digital key technology for iPhone users. Unlike Google, developers require permission from Apple to gain access to their software. Unfortunately, no timeframe was provided so it's unclear when Hyundai will start rolling out iPhone digital keys or which models will initially support the technology.
Still, at least we now know it's in the pipeline after being requested by iPhone users. Currently, only the new Sonata and Elantra support digital keys for Android phone users in the US, so there's a good chance these will also be the first models to add the technology for iPhone users.
Once it's available, Hyundai will join BMW and Tesla in the list of automakers that support iPhone digital keys. BMW partnered with Apple last year to add the technology to a range of models built from summer 2020 including the 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, and 7 Series, along with the X5, X6, and X7.