Can I trust Passbook?

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  1. Tom2893 macrumors 6502

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    Do you think the airport boarding pass ticket will work at Gatwick or Heathrow properly?

    Will it need wifi coverage that you need to pay for at the airport?
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    No, Apple is out to steal your boarding passes, and starbucks gift cards for their own employees.

    Do they have optical imagers?

    Do you have 3G coverage there?
     
  3. UnseenLlama macrumors 6502a

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    Why not print out your boarding pass as a backup. If the PassBook doesn't scan correctly, then you have the paper copy. Either that, or we'll here on the news that you illegally tried to board a plane and are in jail. Just take one for the team this time... :D
     
  4. Tom2893 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im not on about Apple 'stealing' your passes :S just whether it will be reliable or not.. having an important ticket on your phone
     
  5. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it'll work fine. I've been using boarding passes on my phone or iPad for over a year now, never had an issue.
     
  6. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    I just thought of an issue with Passbook and airline tickets. TSA agents will usually initial your boarding pass when you go thru security. How the hell are they going to do that in Passbook on your iPhone?
     
  7. UnseenLlama macrumors 6502a

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    There is a specific scanner at the first TSA stop. You scan your phone, it brings up your flight info and you hand them your ID. Easy peasy.
     
  8. Menel macrumors 603

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    :common sense:

    You put your phone over their imager, it scans, they check your ID, you move on.

    This exists already, and they are already doing it for some airlines.
     
  9. Menel macrumors 603

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    I've used the Eurostar app to travel on Eurostar trains between England and France; their app works in a similar way to passbook, in that Boarding Passes for Stored Tickets are stored within the app, so no data connection is needed.

    Simply wave your iPhone at the scanner by the gate, and you are in.

    Simple, effective, and it "just works".
     
  11. tann macrumors 68000

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    This is a good idea, but I think it sort of defeats the purpose of Passbook! It's like saying what if my Starbucks card doesn't scan, so I'll carry my physical one around in my pocket as well just in case :p.
     
  12. kiwiboi87 macrumors 6502

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    iv used apps that work like passbook for my airline tickets, and they have all worked fine. i jut make sure to load up my eticket at home.
    scan it at the selfcheck out at the airport and it prints my tickets fine, sometimes i scan at the gate it self.
     
  13. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Not sure when I saw my last paper ticket ... Since 10 years I fly with only those eTickets: some code and passport. So even when Apples app not work just make sure you have this little code.

    Paperless scanning even worked last year in Swiss Railway: I just showed my phone with the barcode from PDF and they scanned. For a printout they wanted 15 CHF :(. Crazy
     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Just wanted to add that in the US, the paperless boarding pass has been around since 2008.

    And from the link Menel provided above,
    Even though Passbook is new to iOS, mobile board passes have been around for years.
     
  15. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the smartass remarks.


    Thanks, I didn't know that. I've always been issued a paper boarding pass from the ticket counter.
     
  16. *Calypso* macrumors regular

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    Passbook works without internet connection once you stored a boarding pass. It's really not that complicated, basically just a convenient way of having all your barcode/QR-codes membership cards and tickets in one place.
     
  17. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    What about updated Boarding times, gate changes etc? These would use data I suspect.
     
  18. wharzhee macrumors 6502

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    im just wondering. does boarding time and gate change just before you checkin manually? or even a few minutes before boarding time.

    the most that ever happened to me, is that the person behind the counter would tell me the change in time and gate if applicable, but i suppose it does considering where the thread is heading
     
  19. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Those are two separate things. There are apps that will update your itinerary with things like time changes and gates. The boarding pass is just the electronic equivalent of a printed one - it will show whatever gate was planned at the time it was 'printed'.
     
  20. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    But Passbook uses the notification system itself. Not a third party app.

    I think you're underestimating what Passbook will accomplish...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-HJy4zqgLQ
     
  21. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, that's cool. :)

    I've been paperless for just over a year now, so currently most tickets get printed to PDF and then stored on my iPad/phone, but that will be a definite step forward.

    Ben
     
  22. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    I hope so! It seems like a great idea. Few more days and we will see :)
     
  23. JesalTV Guest

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    The Subway SubCard app stole the jalapenos from my 6 inch BLT.
     
  24. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    It's a little-known fact that the Bermuda Triangle was created when testing an early prototype of Passbook on boarding passes.
     
  25. jimbobp2004 macrumors newbie

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    they'll use a sharpie to draw on the screen
     

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