Square’s Wallet app gains gift cards with Passbook integration

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2012

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s another startup, Square, has made a name for itself with a compelling and competitive mobile payment service which, in my mind, is more straightforward and powerful than Google’s Wallet. The company is selling its iPhone payment dongle via the online Apple Store, having released an accompanying Wallet app on iOS and Android on November 8. It supports, among other things, receiving electronic receipts and paying with your own name.

Now, the Wallet app has been recently updated with micro-payments at Starbucks locations and now Square has added a timely new functionality, the ability to send personalized gifts that can be used at about 250,000 businesses supporting Square Wallet as a payment option.

This new feature also taps Apple’s Passbook service in iOS 6 so any gift card created with the Wallet app gets automatically imported into Passbook and synced across devices via iCloud. This let you redeem a Square gift card at any of the supported points of purchase via Passbook. How’s that for a hands-free checkout? Read More

 

Discover updates Mobile app with Passbook support

By Cody Lee on Dec 6, 2012

Great news Discover cardholders, the credit card company pushed out an update to its iOS app today that includes support for Apple’s Passbook. Discover Mobile 4.10 allows Discover users to turn their Cashback Bonus rewards into eCertificates, which can then be transferred to the digital wallet… Read More

 

Real estate agents now using Passbook as a business card

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 4, 2012

The iPhone – and particularly the iPhone’s Passbook feature – is quickly making the traditional business card extinct. Real estate agents, huge users of business cards, are now one of the biggest proponents of Passbook as Re/Max Regional Services adopts iPhone-based business cards for its 4,500 agents and brokers. Agents in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan will use iPhone’s equipped with a “CardSense” feature that includes a scannable QR code on the lock screen. A QR reading app then grabs a copy of the business card… Read More

 

Qantas confirms Passbook support for boarding passes in Australia

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2012

Airline Qantas Tuesday announced Passbook integration for boarding passes in Australia. Travelers simply check in using their iPhone and select the “Add to Passbook” button when it appears on compatible devices. The national airline says that Passbook boarding passes will be color-coded to match the user’s frequent flyer status. Qantas isn’t stopping there as it plans on expanding Passbook functionality with live updates and other perks early next year… Read More

 

iMessage, Passbook icon are now registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2012

Apple’s iMessage was first introduced at WWDC 2011 and billed as a data-driven communications service for exchange of chat messages, images, contact cards, locations and more between iPhones, iPods and iPads. iMessage also replaced the old iChat client with the OS X Mountain Lion update, enabling Mac owners to interact with other Mac and iOS users simply by using their email handle or cell phone number. Apple originally filed for an iMessage trademark in September 2011 and today the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the Cupertino firm two registered trademarks for iMessage, in addiction to another one for the Passbook icon… Read More

 

British Airways working on Passbook integration

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2012

Following a brief period of uncertainty, Apple’s Passbook system is off to a solid start. Passbook, as you know, is a new app in iOS 6 that stores your digital coupons like various tickets, loyalty and gift cards, boarding passes and so forth. It’s also being supported as an interesting loyalty solution via integration with the Apple Store app, Coupons.com, Starbucks, Target and other retailers.

Airlines like Delta and American Airlines support Passbook for boarding passes and others are scrambling to implement it as well. It’s been confirmed today that British Airways, the Waterside-based flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, will implement Passbook digital boarding passes in due time… Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with support for Passbook gift cards and Siri search

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2012

Apple has released an update to its Apple Store app today that brings with it two pretty big new features. The first is Passbook integration for gift cards, which will allow you to use the digital wallet to pay for things in Apple’s retail stores. And the second is Siri searching for Apple products…

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Coupons.com integrates 20 big-box retailers with Apple’s Passbook

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2012

Coupons.com makes a living from distributing digital coupons, including online printable, social, mobile and loyalty card promotions, in Sunday newspapers. Yesterday, the company rolled out Passbook integration for 20 big-box retailers, allowing you to save a selection of its coupons to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 6.

The system is pretty straightforward. First, you add a coupon to the Passbook via the mobile app or web site. It comes with the expiration date, a scannable barcode and a description of the offer. Cashiers can scan the code or use a numeric code on the back of a Passbook card to process it and apply the offer to your purchase… Read More

 

Get your Passbook ticket for today’s iPad mini event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2012

With three and a half hours left to go, why not get your Passbook vanity ticket for today’s iPad mini event? I first checked with digital ticketing company Flon Solutions because they already provide some nice novelty Passbook passes from historic events.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t yet updated their database with the iPad mini event ticket. Luckily, Twitter came to the rescue. Obviously this isn’t a real event ticket so don’t try to get into the press conference with it… Read More

 

Apple said to start accepting Apple Store gift cards via Passbook soon

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2012

A new report is out this morning, claiming that Apple is preparing to push out an update for its internal POS (point of sale) system software later this month that will allow Apple Store shoppers to pay with Passbook.

More specifically, the update will allow Apple’s retail employees to accept Apple Store payment cards via Passbook, the new digital wallet app in iOS 6 that stores boarding passes, event tickets and gift cards… Read More

 

Some cool novelty Passbook passes from historic events

By Cody Lee on Oct 13, 2012

This is kind of cool: the folks over at Flon Solutions, a digital ticketing company that specializes in Passbook, has created a number of custom passes from historic events.

These events include things like the infamous Titanic voyage, the Beatles rooftop concert, and more. And you can download these passes and add them right into Passbook…. Read More

 

MLB says it’s seen impressive Passbook adoption thus far

By Cody Lee on Oct 10, 2012

When Apple unveiled its new Passbook app this summer, the tech world, for the most part, wasn’t sure what to make of it. It seemed like a good idea on paper, but would companies, and more importantly users, take advantage of it?

Fast forward to today, three weeks after the public release of iOS 6, and we haven’t quite seen the adoption we were hoping for. However, it does appear that the companies that have added Passbook support are seeing positive results… Read More

 

Starbucks app now supports Passbook: get your skinny vanilla latte orders ready

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 3, 2012

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The real reason Passbook was invented — Starbucks.

Indeed, the official Starbucks app was just updated, and it brings the long awaited Passbook support with it. This means that you can now create a pass to store in Passbook, and pay directly with said pass.

It’s super easy to setup, and apparently, it uses the same scanners that scan the “touch to pay” feature inside the official app. In other words, it’s ready to use out of the gate. Read More

 

Lawsuit against Apple’s Passbook is Lodsys redux

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 2, 2012

Apple is again in the sights of a company with patents and an itchy trigger finger. The iPhone’s Passbook feature, which allows consumers to store tickets, loyalty cards, coupons and such digitally, is the target of San Diego-based Ameranth. The company is seeking triple damages, claiming in the lawsuit that the Cupertino, Calif. technology giant willfully infringed on Ameranth patents on wireless mobile payments.

The company has already sued the likes of Hilton, Marriott and Ticketmaster and gotten 14 other companies to ink licensing pacts. TechCrunch spoke to the CEO of one of the companies who’d rather pay than suffer some long drawn-out legal fight. The interview is enough to send cold shivers up Apple developers who survived the 2011 patent uproar from LodsysRead More

 

Taking the American Express Passbook pass for a spin

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2012

Want a quick and easy way to access recent purchases and account balances made with your American Express card? If you’re running iOS 6, then you can now do so with Passbook.

First of all, just to clear up any misconceptions, you can’t actually purchase goods via Amex using Passbook — that functionality doesn’t yet exist. What you can do, though, is sync your Amex card with Passbook to access the convenient features mentioned above — balances, recent transactions, and the like.

As someone who uses Amex exclusively for almost every purchase, large and small, I’ve been anxious to try out Amex’s Passbook offering ever since it was first announced that they were on board. Here’s what I found…

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That didn’t take long: Passbook for Android lands

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2012

The brand new Passbook app in iOS 6 is garnering traction in both tech press and the real world with the likes of Starbucks, Target, theme park Accesso, airlines Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Australia and others all announcing they have or are implementing Passbook support.

As Passbook simply organizes digital coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and other items wrapped inside Apple’s new .pkpass file type, developer Attido Mobile was able to create a handy Passbook client for Android devices. It has been available for some time, is called PassWallet, does pretty much everything Apple’s app is capable of and could easily be gone if Apple has any say over it… Read More

 

Starbucks to update its iOS app for Passbook by month’s end

By Oliver Haslam on Sep 21, 2012

Been wondering when you would be able to take your shiny new iPhone into a Starbucks and use Passbook to pay for your grande skinny vanilla latte? Well, wonder no more.

We’ve just spied a Twitter update from the company itself in which we learn that an iOS 6 compatible version of the app, complete with Passbook support, will be with us by the end of the month!

What’s more, Starbucks even added a little bit of geekery to proceedings by signing off with a spot of binary code, just for the lolz… Read More

 

Fix for “Cannot connect to iTunes Store” error in iOS 6

By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2012

Since updating my iPhone 4S to iOS 6, I’ve been having problems with the App Store. Specifically, when I was in the Passbook application and clicked the App Store portal, I was met with the following error: “Cannot connect to iTunes Store.”

As it turns out, I’m not the only one having this problem. A thread has started in Apple’s support forums regarding the issue, and it has already garnered 5,000 views. Luckily, it appears that some folks have managed to come up with a fix… Read More

 

Apple Maps and Passbook could push 2012 App Store revenue to $4.9 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2012

An interesting unintended consequence of a downgrade that is Apple Maps in iOS 6: people will grow to rely on transit apps and other third-party software to help get back some of the Google Maps functionality (until Google releases a widely rumored standalone iOS Google Maps app).

And with Passbook debuting in iOS 6, we should increasingly download and use shopping programs (like the Target app) that produce Passbook-compatible coupons, invoices, loyalty points, tickets and other digital items.

As a result of the new Passbook functionality and lacking Maps experience in iOS 6, cumulative App Store revenue for the calendar year 2012 could top nearly five billion dollars, a research firm has forecast… Read More

 

Target updates its iPhone app to support Passbook

By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2012

Did you update to iOS 6 yesterday? Well if you did, and you’re looking for ways to try out the new Passbook application, Target just added support for the payment platform.

The national retailer updated its iOS app yesterday with support for the iPhone 5′s larger display, iOS 6, and the new ability to push store coupons to the Passbook app… Read More