As of yesterday, the students at Duke University, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma can add their ID card to the Wallet app on iOS 12 and watchOS 5 in order to access payments and student discounts both on-campus as well as outside it or enter university facilities.
The students can use it to pay quickly for coffee or lunch or get into their dorms, gym or school library. All they have to do is hold their iPhone or Apple Watch close to the reader present anywhere physical student ID cards are normally accepted.
“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.”
– Jennifer Bailey, Apple Vice-President of Internet Services
Any iPhone or Apple Watch owner can use the feature, the only requirement being a partnership with the campus.
By the end of the school year, Apple plans to expand this program to the Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara and Temple universities as well.