iOS: 5 features not available in Belgium

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While the majority of iOS features are available in Belgium, some remain exclusive to the United States. Here are the 5 interesting features that are unavailable with us.

Currently, Apple and iOS do not offer the same functionality if you live in the United States, Canada, France or Belgium. Some features are only accessible in certain parts of the globe. Here are the 5 features that we would like to have in Belgium.

Apple Card

Launched in 2019, the Apple Card remains available only in the United States. The user has the ability to fully manage their Apple Credit Card through the Wallet app on the iPhone. There is also a physical version of the bank card.

While there are indications that the Apple Card may expand to other countries in the future, Apple has not confirmed any immediate plans to launch the card internationally.

Apple Cash

Apple Cash is a payment feature that allows iPhone users in the United States to send, request, and receive money in the Wallet and Messages apps. Users can transfer their Apple Cash balance to a connected bank account. Currently, the feature remains exclusive to the United States.

IDs in the Wallet app

In early 2022, Apple began rolling out a feature allowing US state residents to store their official documents in one place. Their driver’s license or ID card is available directly in the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple is expected to roll out this ID feature across the United States in the future. However, we do not know if the functionality could land in Belgium in the coming months.

Advanced data protection

This optional advanced data protection feature provides end-to-end encryption including iCloud backups, photos, notes, reminders, voice memos, and more. Available from iOS 16.2 in the US only, it will start rolling out to the “rest of the world” in early 2023, according to Apple.

It’s unclear when Advanced Data Protection will be available in other countries. This feature should expand to other iPhone users with iOS 16.3 or iOS 16.4.

Charging with clean energy

iOS version 16.1 introduced a clean-energy charging feature that “aims to reduce the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charge times when the grid uses cleaner energy sources,” according to Apple. When the user enables this feature, the iPhone attempts to charge when “low carbon electricity” is available.

Clean Energy Charging is only available in the United States. Apple is not announcing rollout of this feature to other countries.

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