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Apple has updated its Apple Store app today with "various improvements and performance enhancements", with international users in several countries also gaining the ability to use gift cards purchased in the app within Passbook.

The company introduced Passbook gift card support for the app in October 2012, but the feature was exclusive to users in the United States. Now users in a select number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and others have attained the same ability.
What's New in Version 2.9
- Gift cards by email now available in select countries. Buy and email them to friends and family right from the app. These gift cards are easily integrated with the Passbook app to use at your favorite Apple Retail Store.
- Various improvements and performance enhancements.
The Apple Store app is available for free in the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Apple Store App Now Allows Passbook Gift Card Integration Internationally
 

themoffster

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Apr 26, 2011
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I wish I could but no one supports Passbook other than a few airlines and Starbucks. Pretty useless feature for now.

Yeah there's a poor uptake on passbook considering its been out so long.
Supermarkets should be all over it but they aren't for some reason.
 

rctlr

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May 9, 2012
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I like this idea, however it would be good to have £10 rather than a £25 as a starting value.
 

peterh988

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Jun 5, 2011
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Wish you could use your iTunes balance to buy big items. Any chance of that happening in the future?
 

BSben

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May 16, 2012
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Passbook will survive, because some airlines use it, apart from that it is just crappy outlets like Starbucks that use it. In all the time it existed I have never used it. No proper shop here in the UK has adapted to it. Here in the UK it is pretty useless, unless you fly a lot, or frequent the likes of Starbucks.
So at least we now can use it in Apple Stores, that is better than nothing I suppose.
 

larrylaffer

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Aug 1, 2009
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Yeah there's a poor uptake on passbook considering its been out so long.
Supermarkets should be all over it but they aren't for some reason.

Supermarkets are all over it. My supermarket (Ralph's) has a passbook card through their parent company Kroger, who happen to own quite few supermarket brands nationwide. Walgreens has a passbook card, and they're my pharmacy.

To top it all off, a bunch of restaurants around here joined Belly, and they have a passbook card too. So I use mine on an almost daily basis.
 

Parasprite

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I'm surprised that they didn't already have support for this. At least... I think that would have been the obvious thing to do.

Supermarkets are all over it. My supermarket (Ralph's) has a passbook card through their parent company Kroger, who happen to own quite few supermarket brands nationwide. Walgreens has a passbook card, and they're my pharmacy.

To top it all off, a bunch of restaurants around here joined Belly, and they have a passbook card too. So I use mine on an almost daily basis.

I had Target and Walgreens for a while but in my experience it was often difficult to scan. Even if it wasn't, getting it to pop up on the lock screen didn't work very consistently (for one, it detects the main store where I live, but not the one near my school).

Even if both of those were fixed I can still type my phone number faster than it would take me to even remember which pocket I put my phone in.

Which is ironic because I wouldn't have that phone number if it weren't for getting an iPhone.
 

larrylaffer

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Aug 1, 2009
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I'm surprised that they didn't already have support for this. At least... I think that would have been the obvious thing to do.



I had Target and Walgreens for a while but in my experience it was often difficult to scan. Even if it wasn't, getting it to pop up on the lock screen didn't work very consistently (for one, it detects the main store where I live, but not the one near my school).

Even if both of those were fixed I can still type my phone number faster than it would take me to even remember which pocket I put my phone in.

Which is ironic because I wouldn't have that phone number if it weren't for getting an iPhone.

I feel like Starbucks got it right. They place a scanner in front of the register pointing in your direction. It's very easy to bring the card up, and then just turn your phone around and point at the screen.

What a bunch of the business are missing is a scanner positioned in a way such that your effort is minimized.
 

morespce54

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I had Target and Walgreens for a while but in my experience it was often difficult to scan. Even if it wasn't, getting it to pop up on the lock screen didn't work very consistently (for one, it detects the main store where I live, but not the one near my school).
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My supermarket has a passbook card too but, for scanning, it's often a hit or miss. The card seems to scan about 1 time out of 4 and often, I have to take the real (plastic) one out to speed things up.


And that's the only one I have in Passbook (so far).
 

bigpoppamac31

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Aug 16, 2007
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Can we view and purchase refurb Apple products in this update?? Never understood why we can't view those in the Apple Store App.
 

Buran

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Oct 22, 2007
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I'd love to be able to store my library, health, and car insurance cards in Passbook. I'm tired of my wallet being so fat even though I don't carry cash in it. Why, in 2013, do some companies STILL not have electronic versions of various membership cards? All these stupid things do is have my name on them and some barcode and some numbers. Passbook can do all that.

And they still have the logos of whoever issues them, so it's not a "we want our corporate logo to be stared at whenever someone pulls out this card" issue.

I can understand why a driver's license or other state ID ("nondriver license" and the like) is not something to be kept in Passbook, since that has home address and photo and other personal information on it, but everything else can and should be.

For that matter, where's barcode credit cards and NFC "cards"? C'mon, Apple. I'm still waiting. Surely you'd love to be able to brag that the only thing I need to carry, besides my driver's license, is YOUR PHONE/YOUR iPOD with YOUR LOGO?
 

rebo0ot

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Oct 3, 2009
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Gift Cards

I've never used Ping or Bing.

I wait for the 20% off sales on iTunes plastic cards at the various
retail outlets. I keep my account topped up with these discounted
cards and enjoy apps, music, movies all at 20% off all the time.

These 20% off sales occur regularly enough that my account
has never paid full price for anything in over a 1 1/2 years.

Just saying..............


Yep.

:D
Values from £25 to £2000 - but only via Passbook, not paper/plastic ones.

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Unlike Ping, I use Passbook daily.
 
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