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Apple expanding its Student ID on Apple Watch and iPhone program

Apple is expanding its Student ID program to more universities in the United States.

According to the company, more than 100,000 college students will enjoy the ease and convenience of carrying their student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch, with Apple bringing the technology to more campuses across the United States.

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, the University of North Alabama and Chowan University have joined the program for the new school year.

They join Duke University, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Marshall University, and Mercer University, all of which already offer contactless student IDs in the Wallet app, unlocking a whole host of features.

Indeed, the technology means that users can log into their computers, unlock doors, take out library books, and pay for their lunch all using a single tap of their Apple Watch or iPhone.

Speaking of the announcement, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services, said: “We’re happy to add to the growing number of schools that are making getting around campus easier than ever with iPhone and Apple Watch. We know students love this feature.

“Our university partners tell us that since launch, students across the country have purchased 1.25 million meals and opened more than 4 million doors across campuses by just tapping their iPhone and Apple Watch.”

As soon as students add their ID to their Apple Wallet, they can hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted and leave their real wallets at home.

Of course, all credentials are protected by two-factor authentication for security and students’ personal data is always encrypted on their iPhone and Apple Watch.

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