Technology With the new school year fast approaching, Apple is expanding its availability of contactless student IDs. The software is now available in Canada after a successful rollout in 2018, and subsequent expansions.
The University of New Brunswick, Sheridan College and Sheridan College in Toronto will allow students to add ID cards to Apple Wallet. They can then use their iPhones or Apple Watches to access campus facilities and pay for food. The software will be adopted by “many” more schools in the US, including Auburn University and Northern Arizona University, University of Maine, New Mexico State University, and University of Maine.
Although it will take many years before all schools offer digital student ID cards for everyone, the technology is becoming increasingly common. Apple announced in April that it had seen more students use mobile IDs to access campus facilities and make purchases than their plastic counterparts since the launch of the software. The University of Alabama, which was one of the first to adopt the technology, will issue mobile IDs exclusively to students in the fall. This marks a significant milestone for the platform.
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