Developer of ‘Elements’ iOS app teases upcoming release using Passbook

By Cody Lee on May 29, 2013

Fans will be happy to hear today that Second Gear, the developers of the popular iOS note-taking and Markdown editing app Elements, have a new application in the works. We don’t yet know what that app is, but we do know how they’ll announce it.

Passbook, apparently. The team has created an information server called Pit Pass, and it will actually push updates regarding the status of their new app to devices using Passbook. It’s a clever idea, that has heightened anticipation for their new software… Read More


Skycore launches cross-carrier delivery of Apple’s Passbook items by MMS

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2013

Apple’s Passbook reads data from .pkpass files, which can be attached to email messages and embedded on web sites. The system lets Safari and Mail clients running on Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad devices to automatically import tickets, digital coupons and other items into the Passbook application and sync them across devices via iCloud. That’s all fine and dandy, but what if there was an easier way to share Passbook passes? Thanks to a company called Skycore, Passbook items can be now delivered to users via MMS… Read More


Qantas releases Passbook-enabled iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on May 2, 2013

Australia’s airline Qantas said back in November it would enable Passbook integration for boarding passes for domestic flights. In the meantime, Qantas partner American Airlines rolled out support for Passbook boarding passes, as did a bunch of major airlines around the world. Making good on its promise, Qantas yesterday finally released its own iOS app with Passbook integration for digital boarding passes, mobile check-ins, real-time flight changes and frequent flyers… Read More


Europe’s EasyJet implements Apple’s Passbook

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2013

EasyJet is the largest airline in the United Kingdom, measured by the number of passengers carried. They operate domestic and international scheduled services on over 600 routes across more than 30 countries.

While EasyJet may have arrived a little late to the Passbook party, today the company has updated its iOS app with much-needed support for Apple’s Passbook solution, introduced last September as part of the iOS 6 software.

This is kind of a big deal given EasyJet’s tremendous popularity as Europe’s no-frills airline… Read More


Dunkin’ Donuts implements Apple’s Passbook

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2013

Put Dunkin’ Donuts on your list of Passbook backers. A confirmation came Thursday that the American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain is adding support for Apple’s Passbook to its free Dunkin’ Donuts free mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch. This enables customers to add their Dunkin’ Donuts Cards to Passbook and pay for food, beverages and merchandise at participating U.S. restaurants simply by scanning their pass in-store or at the drive-thru.

Balances are updated immediately after purchase and these passes are also location aware, the company said… Read More


Samsung copies Apple’s Passbook

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2013

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its own mobile payment solution called Samsung Wallet that looks quite a lot like Apple’s Passbook app which is part of iOS 6. Just like Apple’s Passbook, Samsung’s Wallet too lets you manage your coupons, boarding passes, various tickets and loyalty cards all in a single app and redeem these at a point of sale by showing the digital barcode to a clerk.

Again, just like Passbook, Samsung’s solution supports real-time notifications when, for example, event details change or your flight gets rescheduled. Even the Samsung app’s icon resembles the look and feel of the Passbook icon… Read More


MLB expanding Passbook support to 13 stadiums this season

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2013

Major League Baseball announced yesterday that it will be tripling the number of ballparks that accept digital tickets stored and presented through Apple’s Passbook iOS app this season.

This is a fairly big deal, considering that only 4 stadiums supported Passbook ticketing last year. Now nearly 50% of all of them will. Keep reading for a complete list of the new ballparks… Read More


iOS 6.1 restores Passbook Welcome screen, making it easier to find apps

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2013

Apple released the long-awaited iOS 6.1 firmware this morning, and the update brought about a handful of changes. iPhones and iPads now support LTE on a number of new international carriers, and Siri can now order movie tickets through Fandango.

The new software also includes a minor change to the Passbook application. It seems Apple has restored the former “Welcome” screen in the app, making it easier for you to discover Passbook-enabled apps in the App Store… Read More


Delta releases new iPad app, updates iPhone app with Passbook support

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2013

Good news today for all of you travelers out there, especially those in the Delta camp. The major US airline has just released a new iPad app and updated its iPhone app with Passbook support, iPhone 5 support and other improvements.

On the new iPad app, you can find, compare and book flights, and their are dozens of other useful features. And with the updated iPhone app, you can now take advantage of Apple’s new Passbook app to store your boarding pass, and more… Read More


Tesco’s Clubcard unofficially repurposed for Apple’s Passbook app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2012

Apple’s Passbook app in iOS 6 has seen an encouraging uptick as various brands continue to implement Passbook support for loyalty and coupon cards and tickets, like Starbucks, mobile payment startup Square,, MLB, Discover, Apple (of course) and a host of airlines, to name a few. Passbook is also used by real estate agents and now Passverse founder Tomas McGuinness has brought an unofficial support for Passbook to the Clubcard from Tesco, UK’s biggest supermarket chain… Read More


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,, 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 integrates 20 big-box retailers with Apple’s Passbook

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2012 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