Apple's new Passbook for iOS 6 organizes tickets, store cards, more

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A new application coming in iOS 6 is "Passbook," which organizes various items like movie or sporting event tickets, store membership cards, and airplane boarding passes.

Apple's head of iOS software development, Scott Forstall, unveiled Passbook at Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. The software is a new native application that will come built in to iOS 6.

Passbook's user interface presents users' personal items in a card-like interface that is updated live as things change. For example, if the boarding gate on an airplane changes, the ticket is updated to reflect this, and the user is sent a notification.

Geolocation with the iPhone will also pull up the appropriate card for a user. For example, by going to a Starbucks and opening the Passbook app, users will see their Starbucks membership card to scan.

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Apple also has integration with its own retail stores and gift cards. In one example, a gift card was shown with a QR code for scanning, and Passbook notified the user that they have $150 left on the card.

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  • Reply 1 of 26
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    One more step closer to your iDevice becoming your wallet: removal of physical cards.

  • Reply 2 of 26


    This will become more useful as more stores (especially grocery stores) upgrade their scanners.  The barcode/QR-code will not work with the more common laser scanners - only with camera-based scanners.

  • Reply 3 of 26
    scadesscades Posts: 35member


    A way to bypass NFC? Once again, Apple disrupts a technology.

  • Reply 4 of 26

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scades View Post


    A way to bypass NFC? Once again, Apple disrupts a technology.



    Um, Think Different?

  • Reply 5 of 26
    jnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 588member
    wookiee69 wrote: »
    This will become more useful as more stores (especially grocery stores) upgrade their scanners.  The barcode/QR-code will not work with the more common laser scanners - only with camera-based scanners.

    Good point, I tried that 2 years ago at movie theater in Amsterdam with an email with barcode. Didn't work.
    Seems like a nice app though.

    J.
  • Reply 6 of 26


    This is such a great idea. A few weeks ago I was saying how much I wished fandango would send QR code to scan rather than a confirmation number

  • Reply 7 of 26
    Here in South Africa, "passbook" has a very negative connotation. The previous government issued black people with passbooks which allowed them to into white areas to work.
  • Reply 8 of 26
    maecvsmaecvs Posts: 129member


    I like this idea. This will be a killer app. 

  • Reply 9 of 26
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by UnisZuurmond View Post

    Here in South Africa, "passbook" has a very negative connotation. The previous government issued black people with passbooks which allowed them to into white areas to work.


     


    Ah, that's interesting.


     


    But think of it this way: Now the connotation is that it allows everyone access to everything everywhere.

  • Reply 10 of 26
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member


    Plus unlike NFC a scan based system can't be skimmed by a passerby with a theft-device? So security would seem to be better.

  • Reply 11 of 26

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by UnisZuurmond View Post



    Here in South Africa, "passbook" has a very negative connotation. The previous government issued black people with passbooks which allowed them to into white areas to work.


     


    This is very different. Apple will be issuing Passbook to white people so they can access Starbucks.

  • Reply 12 of 26


    Neat feature. Another example of Apple trying to improve people's everyday tasks with technology. 


     


    Can't help but wonder if this will precede some sort of NFC implementation in future hardware. 

  • Reply 13 of 26
    timbittimbit Posts: 331member
    Awesome! Another app that won't work outside of the USA until next year. It sucks that geolocation doesn't work right away in other countries. Canada is right above the US and we can't use this stuff.
  • Reply 14 of 26
    It's ironic. Microsoft demonstrated something exactly like this in their Office Envisioning videos (the Health one if anyone is looking). Of course Apple have achieved it 8 years before Microsoft envisioned!
  • Reply 15 of 26
    ivinceivince Posts: 74member


    Is this feature the same as Google Wallet in terms of technology?  Or are we looking at different scanners for this?  Is Google Wallet that 'NFC' method?  And hence (the Apple solution) is better and more secure?  It would have been helpful if Apple could have explained how this feature was a 'better' and 'more secure' implementation of what a certain other company has already rolled out.

  • Reply 16 of 26
    pt123pt123 Posts: 696member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scades View Post


    A way to bypass NFC? Once again, Apple disrupts a technology.





    Only if merchants upgrade their equipment to accept this.

  • Reply 17 of 26
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,215member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scades View Post


    A way to bypass NFC? Once again, Apple disrupts a technology.



     


    or the first step towards adding it. Get folks used to using this app in place of plastic cards and paper printouts and then it will be easy to move them to selecting and tapping. 

  • Reply 18 of 26


    This is what I think Apple is going for too: iPhone 5 with NFC. "Your movie and sport event tickets, coupons, customer loyalty cards and room keys are already on your iPhone. Why not add credit and debit cards to the fray as well. Today we're announcing that Passbook is now iWallet, because we'll revolutionize this shit with some of our magic too. Also **** you, that's why."

  • Reply 19 of 26


    This is what I think Apple is going for too: iPhone 5 with NFC. "Your movie and sport event tickets, coupons, customer loyalty cards and room keys are already on your iPhone. Why not add credit and debit cards to the fray as well. Today we're announcing that Passbook is now iWallet, because we'll revolutionize this shit with some of our magic too. Also **** you, that's why."

  • Reply 20 of 26


    It sounds great!!  But I assume this will only work in the USA, not in UK any time soon... And with the current economic climate, I doubt many stores will update their scanners, etc... so this works.


    When is support for UK expected???

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