If you have updated to iOS 6 and were hoping to find a raft of apps that used Apple’s new Passbook app then you were in for a bit of a disappointment. As ever with apps that rely on third parties to populate them, it takes time when they are first released. Thankfully, Starbucks is going to have its app updated to support passbook by the end of this month, the news comes from Starbucks official Twitter account.
Updated to iOS 6? Our Passbook update is coming at the end of this month! 00111010 00101001
Passbook is a brand new, built-in app for iOS 6 designed to serve as a one-stop repository for all the tickets, coupons, gift cards, and other vouchers provided by third-party App Store apps. There are already a few apps that support Passbook in the App Store like Cineplex, Target and Ticketmaster. Adding Starbucks to that list should give Passbook a good boost and a bit of exposure too.
Of course you don’t need to have an app to get tickets, coupons, gift cards and vouchers into Passbook. Passes are JSON files with bundles resources that can be presented to you in apps, or as links on the web or in email messages. Hopefully it won't be too much longer until we can dump all of those store loyalty cards, gift cards and paper tickets that we are forever losing.
Have you used any Passbook features yet? Do you think it is going to be an important feature of iOS 6?