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That big Starbucks app update we told you about last week has arrived in the App Store today. The update, which brings the client to version 3.o, includes the long-awaited redesign for iOS 7 as well as a handful of major new features and improvements.

On the new features side, we have shake-to-pay, which will allow you to bring up your barcode with the flick of a wrist to pay for your Starbucks order. There’s also a new digital tipping function that lets you tip your barista, and a new Dashboard view…

From the 3.0 release notes:

The official iPhone application from Starbucks has been completely redesigned, bringing you an improved interface, a more personal dashboard experience, digital tipping and other great features. 

What’s New in Version 3.0

• Digital Tipping (U.S. company-operated stores): You’re welcome to tip your barista up two hours after your purchase. You’ll receive a push notification after each eligible transaction. 
• Dashboard: See your rewards level, available rewards, inbox messages and most recent transactions.
• Shake-to-Pay: For added convenience, simply shake your device to show the barcode to pay at the register. 
• Share Rewards Milestones: Reached Gold Level? Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. 
• Integrated History: View your entire account history—including purchases made, Stars earned and rewards redeemed—in a single feed. 

For those who have never used the Starbucks app before, it’s perhaps one of the most functional mobile apps for a food/drink chain available. You can use it to pay for your order, track your rewards and card balances, send gifts, receive offers and locate stores.

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If you’re interested, you can find the latest version of the Starbucks app in the App Store for free (if you don’t see 3.0 right away, give it a sec as it still seems to be rolling out). It’s for the iPhone only, and note you will need to re-login to your account after updating.

  • J. Rockwell

    Anyone who uses this app, or even uses this app once a month to load onto Passbook, sees the ultimate potential of mobile payments. Not having to grab a credit card or cash when paying for things is the easiest, and safest way to make payments. Especially if you have touch ID. This and Fandango for the movie theater are the 2 I use the most, but would love to use this method everywhere across the globe.

    • omrishtam

      will take about 5 years or so.
      not expecting it to come too soon

    • Tommy

      Over here in china where I’m in we’re already hooked to using mobile payments wherever possible eg. Paying cab fares, meals, drinks, etc. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a little the world could learn from china in terms of mobile payment.

      • J. Rockwell

        Absolutely. I would love to not be forced to carry cash or credit at all times. It’s good to know other countries have systems in place hopefully we are not far behind.

      • mrgerbik

        too bad apple ditched bitcoin wallet apps …

    • Thats (your Update) the reason ppl. still use creditcards or cash, they don’t like to give away their phone…

  • If it isnt showing an update for you , and like me, youre impatient. Just delete it and reinstall the app. You’ll get v. 3

  • JeanMarc

    They took the damn menu out of the app.

  • pitcherday

    Push notifications asking me to tip my barista isn’t a really great advance, but otherwise it looks good. With the exception of Shake to pay, the Dunkin’ Donuts app does the same stuff (mercifully no tip reminders either).

  • D R

    anybody know what kind of cut Starbucks and Apple take out of the ‘tip’ you leave?

  • I don’t understand why ppl. go to starbucks, their coffee tastes awful. Every italian restaurant can make better espresso/latte/cappuccino and is even cheaper!

  • benjitek

    How does the staff receive tips left using the app?

  • tiddle

    i’m disappointed that the iOS7 update does not have the Mobile Order feature (to order coffee ahead of time at the designated stores).