What you need to know
- Santa Clara University now supports ACCESS ID cards in the Wallet app.
- That means people can use iPhones and Apple Watches instead of physical cards.
- This is available to both faculty and students.
Students and faculty members at Santa Clara University can now use their Apple Watch and iPhone in lieu of their physical ACCESS ID card, it has confirmed. Users simply add their ACCESS ID card to the Wallet app on an iPhone and authenticate via an associated app.
Users of the new tech will be able to check out books from the library, attend events, and more all without needing to carry their ACCESS ID card with them.
While there are undoubtedly ease-of-use benefits here by removing the need to carry a card around, security is also improved, too. Students often lose cards, and that can lead to potential security issues. Not so with a card added to the Wallet app, and everything's backed by two-factor authentication as well.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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