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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Article Link: Apple Expanding Contactless Student ID Cards to 12 More Universities in Coming School Year
     
  2. Blackstick macrumors 6502a

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    Would love if my company eschewed our access badges for NFC-equipped phones/watches.
     
  3. nutmac macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  4. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  5. calzon65 macrumors 6502a

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    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. ...
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Just give me a digital driver license and I probably wouldn't need a wallet.
     
  7. kemal macrumors 65816

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    Just seems lie one should be able to have the phone activate* an RFID card and store the code.

    *The RFID scanner energizes the card, which then pulses its energy draw from the scanner to "send" data.
     
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    I can’t wait until this is the norm everywhere. It will be so convenient since my phone is always with me.
     
  9. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
  10. calzon65 macrumors 6502a

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    Just implant that RFID under you skin, no iPhone needed ...
     
  11. leepalisoc macrumors member

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    We’ll probably get there in the future. I am pretty sure it’s one of Apple’s visions.
     
  12. chipchen macrumors 6502a

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    Can you just scan your phone, or do you have to open the Wallet App and, select the card, and then scan?
     
  13. jonblatho macrumors 65816

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    You just hold your phone (or watch) up as long as it’s your chosen Express Transit card and it’ll scan automatically. Used it for my last year at OU and it’s really neat.
     
  14. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502a

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    Reminds me of thirty years ago, when I was a student. I wondered: "If only someone would invent something to allow me to navigate the campus .".
     
  15. dontwalkhand macrumors 603

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    This. In a way it would save the employee money too because the ID badge can just be a “dumb” card now and the smartphone can be used for everything else.
     
  16. whoknows2597 macrumors newbie

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    I may stand corrected, but here in the States, there are at least a dozen states that implement some form of digital drivers licenses.

    The only reason why I still use a wallet case with my phone is for my drivers license. If it wasn’t for that, I would walk around with simply my phone and Apple Pay/Card.
     
  17. dontwalkhand macrumors 603

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    Boarding Passes are already a thing. Drivers licenses are coming to Arizona, Iowa, Delaware and a handful of states. Louisiana already has it. Auto insurance is already a thing as well; with State Farm allowing it in Apple Wallet. Passport has an augmented app called Mobile Passport.

    The last one, can’t help you.
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    See my post.
     
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    Yes. I cannot wait for this feature.
     
  19. dannyyankou macrumors G3

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    We’re so close to replacing physical wallets. Just need digital licenses.
     
  20. gaximus macrumors 6502a

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    I use PassSource.com, its free and easy to create your own passes. Use it for my local zoo, gym, and a few others. Not as easy as just scanning a card, but it works as a stop gap until Apple can implement their own solution.
     
  21. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    Does those “digital driver license” work with Apple Wallet. Usually the government uses their own crappy software website/app.
     
  22. LiveRichUSA Suspended

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    Yes...

    But this eliminates the need to carry any physical cards. All we need is our iPhone (and maybe just an Apple Watch).
     
  23. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  24. sw1tcher macrumors 68000

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    Move to Louisiana? I believe they're currently the only state to offer digital driver's license.

    Florida might be 2nd.
     
  25. MisterSavage macrumors 65816

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    Love hearing about things like this. Using Apple Wallet, Apple Pay, etc from my watch is wonderfully convenient.
     

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