When iOS6 was announced, Passbook was one of the main new features, with Starbucks being one of the biggest names to be associated with it. An update to the app on the US app store now brings the functionality which was demonstrated at the iOS6 launch. US users can now use Passbook to store Starbucks card balances and pay for purchases in store. While this could already be done through the existing Starbucks app, it looks like a real step in the right direction for the Passbook system. The update brings the additional benefit of using Passbook’s location services, bringing the payment option to the lock screen when the user is in a Starbucks store listed as a favourite.
There’s no Passbook integration for UK users yet – while there is an update available to the UK version of the app, it just brings general iOS6 support, along with a new signup flow and other minor improvements. But we shouldn’t expect to wait too long for a Passbook compatible version to hit these shores. At the moment there are only four Passbook apps available in the UK app store – 3 airline apps and a hotel reservations app – and the addition of an app from a major player like Starbucks could go a long way to establishing Passbook as a really valuable feature in iOS6.
Link: US app store