Students on college campuses are usually required to have their student ID on them at all times. With it, they have access to basically everything on campus. With Apple’s next update, being a student will be made a little easier.
Apple announced on their newsroom page that they are working to integrate student IDs into the Wallet, a contactless payment system with Apple Pay that you can use on iPhones and Apple Watches. Just open Wallet, swipe your card, and you can pay for meals, laundry, and get into buildings that require ID like dorms.
Apple Pay is one of the most popular contactless payment methods for phones out now. You can send an accept payments in stores, on the app store, and online. Apple says that using this system is cheaper than using your card because it uses a device-specific number and unique transaction code, and since your card number won’t ever be stored on the Apple servers, no sort of online shopping or transaction footprint exists.
Right now, the only universities that are a part of the integration are Duke University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alabama. Many others may follow soon like Temple University, Johns Hopkins, and Santa Clara who will have this capability by the end of this year.
Not only is this integration good for payment’s sake, but it will also help people who have the tendency to lose their IDs. We remember those days, and wish this awesome system was around back then.