In Word: Apple is expanding support for mobile student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities and colleges. Starting this fall, tens of thousands of students in the US and Canada will be able to enjoy the convenience of a mobile student ID.
A handful of colleges have been participating in the program to varying degrees over the past few years, joining Auburn University, New Mexico State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Maine, among others, to the academic period 2021-2022. year.
Mobile Student IDs function the same as their plastic counterparts, allowing students to access residences, recreational facilities, libraries, and sporting events. Digital cards, which reside in the Apple Wallet app, can also be used to pay for meals and purchase items from vending machines.
Jeanine Brooks, Director of Action Card at the University of Alabama, noted that students don’t lose their digital IDs, so card theft and replacement are no longer worries or costs. If a student loses their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My app to lock it and help locate it.
Apple said students’ transaction history is not shared with them or stored on their servers, so privacy shouldn’t be a big concern.
According to The edge, Android users can access mobile student IDs through Google Pay.