Apple has inked a deal with three universities in the U.S., enabling students to store their student IDs on their Apple devices.
According to a report in CNBC, students at Duke University, University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma can store their student IDs on their iPhone or Apple Wallet. Apple initially announced the service in June at its annual developer conference. Students are able to use a digital version of their ID to get into the school building and purchase lunch without the need for a physical card or cash.
The report noted that the Apple Wallet requires Face ID, a passcode or Touch ID to get in, making it is less likely to be lost or stolen. The digital student ID can also provide information such as the balance on a meal plan. CNBC noted that Apple plans to launch with more schools by the end of the school year, including Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University.
The deal with the three universities comes a few weeks after Apple rolled out its new line of iPhones and its Apple Watch. Apple released three phones, which watchers had been anticipating. There was the expected release of the two next-generation X phones, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, both of which leverage OLED capacity. And, in the interest of “bringing [its] technology to as many people as possible,” Apple also unveiled the iPhone XR, which uses an LCD screen instead of an OLED. Apple said the XR is designed to offer the iPhone X experience on an LCD device, right down to things like Haptic Touch and Face ID. Smartwatches were also an out-of-the-gate favorite during the presentation on Sept. 12, with Apple introducing the world to the fourth generation of its Apple Watch, which is available as either a GPS or 4G version.