Minor Change in iOS 6.1 Makes it Easier to Find Passbook-Enabled Apps

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    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.

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    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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    Passbook can't really be considered popular.
     
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    I opened Passbook once...
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    It can't? Are you sure? Why not? :rolleyes:
     
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    cheesyappleuser

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    rofl
    me too
     
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    coder12

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    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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    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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    Icaras

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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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    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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    impulse462

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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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    It s useless in my country.
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    If the local busses and subways would start supporting passbook I could have a lot fewer tickets in my pocket... (I go through 4 tickets/week day... kind of a hassle making sure they're not stuck together with gloved hands and whatnot.)
     
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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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    And yet you have a decent MacBook Air and beefy iPhone 5.

    Priorities.
     
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    Yea, I have to say that enjoy and use Passbook all the time. Especially at Starbucks which is the store that I visit most often which supports Passbook. Can't wait for more stores to utilize it.
     
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    What is this Passbook they speak of?
     
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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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    You'd be right if money were the only reason a student might not be going to the movies and jetsetting around the world.
     
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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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    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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    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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    But the name "Passbook" implies that it has many pages. Seems more like pamphlet to me.
     
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    Subway would be awesome for NYC.
     
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    Have you seen how awful the MTA's iphone apps are? I expect a Passbook pass from them in 50 years, right when the Second Avenue subway's finished.
     
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    I never found a use for it. I prefer paying with physical money & tickets just less to go wrong.
     

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