Apple expands its mobile student ID programme on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Apple is bringing mobile student ID support to even more colleges and universities via the iPhone and Apple Watch. Tens of thousands of students in the United States and Canada will be able to benefit from the convenience of a mobile student ID beginning this fall.

Several universities have participated in the programme to varying degrees in recent years, and will be joined for the 2021-2022 academic year by Auburn University, New Mexico State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Maine, among others.

Mobile student IDs work in the same way as plastic student IDs, allowing students to enter residence halls, recreational facilities, libraries, and sporting events. Digital cards, which are stored in the Apple Wallet app, can also be used to pay for meals and vending machine purchases.

According to Jeanine Brooks, the University of Alabama’s Action Card director, because students do not lose their digital IDs, card theft and replacement are no longer a concern or cost. If a student misplaces his or her iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My app to lock it and track it down.

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Apple said students’ transaction history isn’t shared with them or stored on their servers, so privacy shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

According to The Verge, Android users can access mobile student IDs via Google Pay.

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