Originally Posted by patsu
... Passbook is the most interesting of the lot and in my view the most powerful. ...
Passbook is indeed interesting, but it has one fatal flaw IMO. It can't accept coupons (or really do anything at all) unless you install the companion app for said coupons.
That means that to fill up your passbook with tickets and coupons, you have to install 20 crappy apps and find room on one of your screens for them. This is untenable. Why would I have so many coupon apps that I even need Passbook? Why would anyone?
There are many places and companies that I would accept a coupon or a free ticket from that I wouldn't ever install an app from. I'd never install a "Gap" app, but I do shop there sometimes and would certainly accept a coupon in my passbook when I visited the store.
It seems like a flawed concept to me until they change this. It presupposes that the end user is "app crazy," has hundreds of installed apps and is willing to install many more just to get a few coupons in the Passbook.
Of course, it is going to change when they put in the fingerprint reader and connect Passbook to your Apple Account, and then we will all see the true purpose of it all, but for now it's a broken, silly thing IMO.