Students at three universities can now add their ID cards to Apple Wallet, enabling them to pay for their laundry and lunch using their iPhones and Apple Watches.
The long-trailed feature has gone live for students at Duke University and the Universities of Alabama and Oklahoma. Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara and Temple Universities will follow by the end of the year.
By adding their ID cards to Apple Wallet, users will not only be able to make contactless purchases around campus, they will also get the ability to access their dorms, dining halls, libraries and campus events using their phones and watches.
The move is part of Apple's effort to make Wallet more than a place to store payment cards, according to Jennifer Bailey, VP, internet services.
"When we launched Apple Pay, we embarked on a goal to replace the physical wallet. By adding transit, loyalty cards and contactless ticketing we have expanded the capabilities of Wallet beyond payments, and we’re now thrilled to be working with campuses on adding contactless student ID cards to bring customers even more easy, convenient and secure experiences," she says.