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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Minor Change in iOS 6.1 Makes it Easier to Find Passbook-Enabled Apps




With the release of iOS 6.1 this morning, Apple introduced a minor change to Passbook, restoring the former "Welcome" screen to the app.

When Passbook was first introduced with iOS 6, it opened with a page that gave users a quick way to locate and download Passbook-enabled apps. Unfortunately, the Welcome screen disappeared after a single Passbook app was downloaded, making it difficult to discover additional apps that used the functionality.

iOS 6.1 has made the Welcome screen a permanent fixture in the app, and it can now be found below other Passbook cards. Tapping the Welcome card opens a list of apps that use Passbook in the App Store.

Though Apple includes a Passbook section in the App Store, the newly permanent Welcome card provides a faster way to find Passbook-enabled apps.

Apple's Passbook included just a handful of apps at launch, but the service has proven to be popular with both users and developers. Apple's list of Apps for Passbook now includes more than 20 apps, including those from major retailers like Fandango, Target, Sephora, and Walgreens.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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Passbook can't really be considered popular.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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I opened Passbook once...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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I opened Passbook once...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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Passbook is awesome, but needs more apps.

I use it all the time at Starbucks and going to the movies. I love how it appears on your lockscreen when you arrive at the venue. Ultra convenient.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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Whenever I fly or go to the movies I enjoy using passbook, but as a student, that's not very often.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:00 PM   #7
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Fandango, Starbucks, Target, and Delta are great.

Would love to have more...
CVS card!, Kroger card, Autozone card, Dicks cards, etc. too many laser scanners that work quirky off the LCD.
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I opened Passbook once...
And I use it all of the time (I got a lot of Starbucks gift cards over the holidays).

Your milage may vary.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:44 PM   #9
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Passbook can't really be considered popular.
It can't? Are you sure? Why not?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:50 PM   #10
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I use it a ton - travel for work and have my boarding passes and AA advantage card handy all the time - also use it at Starbucks, the movies and walgreens regularly.

Will be happy when MLB tickets are expanded - being a season ticket holder with the Rangers, I'd love to store all my tickets on passbook!

Keep cranking out the passes! Would love to see an official Best Buy Reward zone card pass with real-time points updates - I know I could make one online, I just prefer the clean look of the official versions.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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I tried using Passbook over the past holiday with my flights. It functioned well.

Biggest problem I guess is the lack of spread. I have a Starbucks gift card on it because someone gave it to me Christmas 2011 and I never go to Starbucks. I've only opened it up for Passhack, otherwise. No other uses in it for me.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 06:31 AM   #12
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:34 AM   #13
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I use it all the time. Many of my plastic cards like library, air miles, store loyalty, and membership cards are transferred to passbook by the Lemon Wallet app. Most of the stores scan those cards barcodes. Saves a lot of wallet space for cards that I use frequently but hate having to always dig out.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:41 AM   #14
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Developer here I can honestly say I have never used or would have any idea even where to find a passbook app lol.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:59 PM   #15
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It s useless in my country.
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What is this Passbook they speak of?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:31 PM   #17
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My experience with Passbook has been disappointing.
  1. The design of the Passbook app, with the light-colour low-contrast text, is really poor. How that passed quality testing is beyond me.
  2. The non-responsive welcome screen of the app was disconcerting.
  3. The need to download individual apps in order to load Passbook passes seems like overkill to me. Why can't the passes just be downloaded directly? This left me confused.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:10 PM   #18
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My experience with Passbook has been disappointing.
  1. The need to download individual apps in order to load Passbook passes seems like overkill to me. Why can't the passes just be downloaded directly? This left me confused.
This can be done. I don't know why companies aren't doing this. I would much prefer getting an emailed pass than needing to download and install an app I don't want.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:14 PM   #19
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But the name "Passbook" implies that it has many pages. Seems more like pamphlet to me.
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This can be done. I don't know why companies aren't doing this. I would much prefer getting an emailed pass than needing to download and install an app I don't want.
Especially as the pass that you could have on your website or email out to a customer, not only has a link to your app embedded in it, also gives you a channel to send updates to passes once on the device.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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I was in the Apple Store yesterday, was playing with the iPhone 5 and opened up Passbook. I noticed it had all these cards in it, and I asked the Apple worker how do I get my wife's to look like that, because I was under the impression they only show when you're new a location.

If I use Passbook, I don't want to open it up and not see any cards, I'd like to know whats in it.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:13 PM   #22
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I was in the Apple Store yesterday, was playing with the iPhone 5 and opened up Passbook. I noticed it had all these cards in it, and I asked the Apple worker how do I get my wife's to look like that, because I was under the impression they only show when you're new a location.

If I use Passbook, I don't want to open it up and not see any cards, I'd like to know whats in it.
All of your cards are going to be in passbook every time you open the app.

Certain cards will show up on the lock screen when you're at a pre-set destination.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:12 PM   #23
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Anyone else feel like an ******* when they use their iPhone instead of a paper coupon?
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Anyone else feel like an ******* when they use their iPhone instead of a paper coupon?
Not only that, but I always have a printed copy of the flight ticket just in case. Which essentially defeats the purpose of course. ;-)
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:31 PM   #25
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It's bit useless in the UK. Apart from hotels/booking/starbucks and the airlines, there aren't many shops using it yet, which is a pity. My wallets always, no matter how expensive, always end up lasting less time than they should because of the amount of clubcards I carry with me. Most of them are from fairly popular franchises in the UK. I don't know why they don't take more advantage of this technology.

But then again, not even the Eurostar app has been updated to work with Passbook, so... I think Apple needs to push this to retailers and convice them "how it the most amazing thing ever".

And c'mon! It may not be the most amazing thing ever, but it's surely incredibly convenient.
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