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TechnologyApple’s tap-to-use student IDs let pupils buy food and badge into their dorms

00:30  14 august  2019
00:30  14 august  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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The ability to add student IDs to Wallet will launch with Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma beginning today. Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara and Temple Universities will bring the capability by the end of this school year.

Today’s college students rely on their ID cards for almost everything, including using them to get into the gym or to buy the cafeteria’s beloved turkey-avocado sandwich. That means losing their ID can make navigating campus difficult, and cards can be a pain to replace. Now, Apple has a way for students to integrate their ID cards into their iPhones and Apple Watches so they can buy a sandwich without the need for their physical card. Apple is expanding the program to 12 universities so more students can use the technology.

Apple’s tap-to-use student IDs let pupils buy food and badge into their dorms© Apple

Here’s what the virtual card looks like in practice:

Apple’s tap-to-use student IDs let pupils buy food and badge into their dorms© Image: Apple

The expansion comes as Apple builds more uses for Apple Pay and Wallet, including last week’s launch of the Apple Card and a test that lets commuters use Apple Pay at some bus and subway stations in New York City’s MTA. Apple wants to encourage users to adopt Apple’s payment services and, in doing so, have more difficulty leaving Apple’s walled garden. Apple said in July that iPhone sales are now less than half of Apple’s revenue, so the company needs its growing services business to bring in the money that the iPhone business doesn’t.

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Today, Apple started to integrate university student ID cards — used to access buildings, pay for food or books Educational institutions aren’t the only not-strictly-retail locations that are being put into Wallet. Apple ’ s been adding sports venues to let attendees use Wallet to carry their tickets, and to

Students now will be able to get into their dorms and pay for meals in the university cafeteria using just their iPhones or Apple Watches. Starting Tuesday, students from three US universities will be able to add their student IDs to the Apple Wallet on their devices.

Three universities initially supported ID cards in Apple Wallet when the feature launched in October, and more have added support since then. Here is the full list of universities that Apple says will support the tech this school year:

  • Arkansas State University
  • Chowan University
  • Clemson University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Louisburg College
  • Marshall University
  • Mercer University
  • Norfolk State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Vermont

I know there are a few times when I would have appreciated being able to buy that turkey-avocado sandwich when I forgot to bring my ID to campus.

Apple teams up with 12 more colleges to bring student IDs to iPhone, Apple Watch.
The expansion covers more than 100,000 students.

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