Apple Wallet can now be used for campus ID at 3 U.S. universities


Apple Wallet
Students no longer need to take their physical campus ID cards with them.
Photo: Apple

Starting today, students at three U.S. universities — including Tim Cook’s alma mater, Duke University — can use their Apple Watch or iPhone for their campus ID.

The feature, also available at the Universities of Alabama and Oklahoma, lets students add their ID cards to their Apple Wallet app. This can then be used by campus ID holders to pay for laundry, lunch, book supplies and more, along with accessing dorms, the gym, or the school library.

“iPhone and Apple Watch have brought us into a new era of mobility, helping to transform everyday experiences,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services, in a statement. “When we launched Apple Pay, we embarked on a goal to replace the physical wallet. By adding transit, loyalty cards and contactless ticketing we have expanded the capabilities of Wallet beyond payments, and we’re now thrilled to be working with campuses on adding contactless student ID cards to bring customers even more easy, convenient and secure experiences.”

As with other Apple Wallet vouchers or cards, the new campus ID feature means that students can leave their physical wallets behind when they go out. Instead, they simply need to hold their Apple device next to the reader where physical student ID cards are usually accepted.

In addition to the three universities already offering the technology, Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara, and Temple Universities have said that they will introduce the capability by the end of this school year. Given the popularity of Apple products among students, we’d expect to see pretty wide adoption of this new feature!

Source: Apple


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