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Apple Expanding Contactless Student ID Cards to 12 More Universities in Coming School Year

Apple today announced that students at 12 additional universities will be able to add their student IDs to the Wallet app in the coming school year, allowing them to get around campus and make purchases using an iPhone or Apple Watch.


The expansion includes Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama, and Chowan University.

Students simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted — on and off campus. An optional Express Mode bypasses the need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode, allowing for the quickest entry possible to buildings around campus.


Duke University, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Marshall University, and Mercer University rolled out contactless student IDs in the Wallet app last year.



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2 weeks ago
Just give me a digital driver license and I probably wouldn't need a wallet.
Rating: 14 Votes
2 weeks ago
Would love if my company eschewed our access badges for NFC-equipped phones/watches.
Rating: 9 Votes
2 weeks ago
Interesting possibilities … airline boarding passes (yea I know most airlines have electronic boarding passes), driver's license, proof of auto insurance, passport, your electronic entry certificate to Jeffery Epstein's private island, etc. ...
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago
So 19 universities in all.

There's goes my hope for contactless employee ID coming anytime soon.

I understand that employees want to see employee ID badge visible at all time. But I prefer to slap my phone or watch on the reader as opposed to pulling the ID from a lanyard.
Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/08/13/apple-contactless-student-ids-12-more-unis/')

An optional Express Mode bypasses the need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode, allowing for the quickest entry possible to buildings around campus.


Oh I see how it is. Apple can offer convenience features when dealing with large universities where adoption and relevance are on the line, and the experience has to match expectations.

But on my personal Mac I have to constantly enter my password for everything, and now in Catalina have to approve every damn thing every single app wants access to....despite the fact that I unlocked my personal Mac in my personal home using my Apple Watch.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago

Interesting possibilities … airline boarding passes (yea I know most airlines already have electronic boarding passes), driver's license, proof of auto insurance, passport, ...

Don’t expect driver licenses or passports anytime soon. But Apple should work with private companies to get them to add their membership cards. Ex. Insurance, airlines, gas station rewards, etc
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
I know Apple wants to replace physical cards as a whole through apps and such, but in the mean time can they add a feature where you can ‘scan’ cards right into Apple Wallet?

I talking about small local libraries who will never add digital membership cards for Apple Wallet on their own.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
I can’t wait until this is the norm everywhere. It will be so convenient since my phone is always with me.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
Meanwhile the big state university in my city is being constantly defunded by our legislature (I'll give you one guess which party) and has internet that caps out at 15-20Mbps. I doubt the students will get a luxury like this any time soon. What used to be the flagship university is turning into a dump. They don't even mow the lawn half the time, and edging? You can forget edging. And trimming low branches. I'm pretty average height and I have to duck constantly. It's rather embarassing because it used to be so beautiful.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

Just give me a digital driver license and I probably wouldn't need a wallet.


Agreed, and with Tesla now using your phone as the key I could go about my day with only my phone in my pocket which would be great.
Rating: 1 Votes

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