February 18, 2015

Southwest Airlines app for iOS updated with Passbook support

Southwest Airlines has updated its mobile app with support for Apple’s Passbook, allowing users to quickly access their boarding passes from the lock screen when boarding a flight. The Passbook card also presents critical information about a passenger’s flight, including departure time and gate, and flight number.

The new version of the app also includes fixes for issues reported by users. It’s available now from the App Store for free.

December 4, 2014

Apple is looking to expand its efforts in crowdsourcing data to improve its Maps app for iOS and OS X, according to hints in a new job listing on the company’s site. expand full story

September 6, 2014

A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, that adds a top red bar depicting a ‘credit card’ icon. Assumedly, this is linked to Apple’s widely-reported mobile payments initiative.

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Further images of the device show that is running iOS 8 (build 12A365), a build of the operating system that is not available for developer testing. It is unclear whether this is the build number of the GM. More information below.

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August 13, 2014

Dropbox’s Mailbox for iOS updated with new languages, support for opening Passbook, printing, more

The popular Dropbox-owned email client Mailbox received a notable update today bringing a list of new supported languages as well as additional features.

In addition to English, Mailbox is now translated into the following languages: Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish (both European and Latin American), Swedish, and Thai.

The update also adds support for Apple’s Passbook platform. Previously, emails containing Passbook files would prompt an “Open in…” dialog with Mail and Dropbox supported, but the new version of Mailbox allows users to open Passbook files right in the Passbook app from the email as you would expect.

The update also includes a list of other changes including support for printing emails, viewing spam folder emails, spam filtering, adding stars to emails, using military time, and more.

Mailbox for iPhone and iPad is available for free on the App Store.

July 14, 2014

Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code…

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PayPal takes a page from Passbook, adds virtual loyalty cards to iOS app

PayPal has updated its iOS app with support for loyalty cards from a long list of selected retailers. The app allows you to select one of the supported companies from the list and scan the barcode on your loyalty or discount card, then saves the data in a digital wallet. The update puts PayPal in competition with Apple’s stock Passbook application, which also allows for storage of loyalty cards and other similar information.

The update also includes bug fixes and removes the ability to scan a check using the device’s camera to deposity money in your PayPal account. You can grab the version 5.5 update for free on the App Store.

What’s New in Version 5.5 Loyalty cards, login, and more!

• Link all of your favorite loyalty cards to PayPal. Carry virtual versions on your mobile. Your wallet deserves the break. • Vroom! Faster logins are here. We did some work behind the scenes to speed things up for you. • No bug is safe! We’re finding and fixing them as fast as we can. • We’re no longer offering the “scan a check” feature. Not to worry. You can still add money to PayPal directly from your bank account.

May 1, 2014

Virgin Atlantic reportedly planning to implement Passbook-powered iBeacons in London Heathrow Airport

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A promotional video created by Estimote

Re/code reports that Virgin Atlantic is planning to implement iBeacons throughout Heathrow airport to help travelers quickly find different points of interest inside the airport. Users would be able to easily navigate the facility using a combination of Apple’s native Passbook application and Bluetooth beacons supplied by a company called Estimote.

According to the report, users will be able to find services like currency exchanges using the technology, which was announced as part of the iOS 7 update released for the iPhone last year. Apple currently uses iBeacon technology in many of its own retail stores to provide a customized shopping experience.

Virgin Atlantic has not yet confirmed this report, but the company does have a record of looking for ways to implement new technology into its services, such as a previous test run of Google Glass.

April 24, 2014

eBay revamps iOS apps, adds in-store pickup on iPad, Passbook integration, more

Ebay has pushed out a notable update to its main iPhone and iPad apps today that include a number of new features and updated designs. Most notably, the iPad now includes an in-store pickup option that shows a “Free In-Store Pickup” option under the “Shop Locally” search filter to show items from local merchants available for purchase.” That feature was previously limited to the iPhone. To go along with the new in-store pickup option on iPad, you can also now save your in-store pickup orders directly to Apple’s Passbook app.

For the iPad app, eBay says it’s also added a new selling landing page, smarter search results, and “more current shipping tracking”:

When something is on the way, where is it? We’ve updated our tracking capabilities to provide more timely status updates from within the app. Pull to refresh and get the latest info.

On the iPhone, users will noticed an updated Home page that provides quick access to Watched items, Feed and eBay Deals, and the updated app also includes larger photos, product reviews for many items, the ability to attach photos to messages, and support for selling from Austria and Netherlands.

Ebay for iPhone and Ebay for iPad versions 3.3.0 are on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 3.3.0

Version 3.3.0

• Updated Home page includes Watched items, Feed and eBay Deals! • Larger photos on search and item pages • Product reviews now included for many items in the eBay catalog • You can now attach photos to messages • Selling support added for Austria and Netherlands • Save your in-store pick up order details to iPhone’s Passbook • Brazilian Portuguese language support • Speed improvements and Bug fixes

April 14, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 update lets users add Passbook cards to Microsoft Wallet

WPcentral notes that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces support for Apple’s Passbook iOS app, allowing users to load coupons, tickets, boarding passes, etc, designed for Passbook into the Microsoft Wallet app.

While the Microsoft Wallet app will be able to load the various coupons and loyalty cards usually reserved for Passbook, it’s still a little unclear exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Microsoft appears to be allowing users to download the Passbook files and rendering its own card for Microsoft Wallet, but the report speculates Windows Phone won’t be able to tap into the push notifications Apple’s uses to update cards like on iOS.

There seems to be some confusion over whether or not Mircosoft is officially supporting Passbook in one way or another, but with a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 rolling out today, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this soon.

December 10, 2013

iOS users looking to accept payments on their mobile devices now have another option. Flint has just been updated to version 2.0. The app adds several new and useful features for small businesses, such as the ability to create invoices right in the app.

The app also introduces support for Passbook coupons. Merchants can create their own coupons and issue them to customers as Passbook passes. The Flint app can then scan these coupons and apply them directly to a transaction.

The 2.0 update also allows merchants to create orders with multiple items, and scan credit and debit cards using the camera on their iOS device. Cash and check sales can also be tracked within the new app and customers can get receipts for their transactions.

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November 5, 2013

Apple takes Apple Store app Passbook gift card integration international

Back in October of 2012, Apple introduced the ability to purchase gift cards via the iPhone and iPod touch Apple Store application. These gift cards could then be shared via email to family and friends for use in the Apple Store. These gift cards could also be used via the Passbook application that Apple introduced with iOS 6. Since that time, the functionality has been exclusive to the United States, but today, Apple has taken it international.

Apple has updated the Apple Store app for several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Australia, but not many of the countries in Europe in which we checked. Users in each of those countries can now buy Passbook-enabled gift cards through the application. There is no word on when the remaining European countries will see the feature.

Update: Three days after publishing this update, Apple also released a second update to address various bugs and other issues.

June 18, 2013

Air France Mobile app updated with Passbook support for boarding passes

Following British Airways earlier this month, Air France has just updated its iPhone app with support for storing digital boarding passes in Passbook. The feature of course requires iOS 6 and up, and will also require an update to version 4.5.1 of the Air France Mobile app.

New for Passbook and the camera app developers in iOS 7: the ability to scan barcodes.

What’s New in Version 4.5.1

Passbook is now available to store your boarding pass on your iPhone! This feature requires iOS 6 operating system.

June 14, 2013

Icons

UPDATE: Apple’s site has reverted to the current icons present in iOS 7 beta. 

Apple has quietly changed some of the icons on its official iOS 7 website, making notable changes to the Weather, Passbook, and Reminders apps. iOS 7’s icons, which have been subject to much scrutiny and disapproval from various designers, have been one of the largest complaints about iOS 7 so far.

The icons, which can currently only be viewed on Apple’s site using a mobile device, most notably show a completely redesigned weather app icon, ditching the clouds and sun found in the current iOS 7 beta, in favor of the live temperature, something users have been waiting for for years.

Phil Schiller previously noted on Twitter that showing live weather on the iOS home screen would “waste battery,” but this is an improvement Apple has been working on for some time.

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June 7, 2013

American Airlines iOS app adds departures, gate & seat changes on lock screen for Passbook boarding passes, more

American Airlines updated its app for iPhone and iPad today bringing an enhanced Passbook experience for digital boarding passes, improvements for AAdvantage account holders, and the ability to chat with the airline’s Twitter team.

Perhaps the most notable update, and something British Airways announced it will be adding soon to its recently announced Passbook support, is the ability to view updates about departure times, gate and seat changes directly from your iOS device’s lock screen. The updates will appear after you’ve added your boarding pass to Passbook.

Also included in today’s update is the ability to “Send a direct message to the AA Twitter Team for assistance with flights, highlight exceptional service or general inquiries.”

More enhancements in version 2.4.0 of the American Airlines app below:

What’s New in Version 2.4.0

• You can now login with the e-mail address associated with your AAdvantage account. • The TSA precheck logo will now appear on your boarding pass in passbook, if applicable • Now Executive Platinum AAdvantage members can Give Feedback via Twitter • Send a direct message to the AA Twitter Team for assistance with flights, highlight exceptional service or general inquiries • You will now receive updates about departure times, gate and seat changes on your lock screen after you’ve added your mobile boarding pass to passbook

June 5, 2013

Apple adds Passbook support to its iTunes Festival London 2013 iPhone app

Apple has added Passbook functionality to its app for the iTunes Festival London 2013 app. Additionally, today’s update brings support for image viewing in an iOS device’s landscape orientation. The app was updated late last month to list the line-up of artists for the September Apple-run music festival. Apple announced this year’s festival last week, noting that artists such as Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake, and Thirty Seconds to Mars would highlight the events. The app is currently not available in the United States iTunes Store. 

British Airways adds Passbook support for digital boarding passes to iPhone app

We knew from a previous announcement last year that British Airways has been working on integrating Passbook integration for its digital boarding passes, much like American Airlines and a long list of other major airlines have done already. Today the airline has officially rolled out an update to its iPhone app that adds the ability to add digital boarding passes to Passbook.

It also confirmed that it will be enhancing the feature further my mid-June with direct links to the Passbook boarding passes on the iPhone’s lock screen:

By mid June we’ll be enhancing Passbook boarding passes by adding direct links to them from your iPhone’s lock screen as you’re ready to fly. This will make it even easier for you to access your boarding pass on the move. We’ll send you a message via the app as soon as these are enabled.

On top of the convenience of having your BA boarding pass alongside your other Passbook passes and cards, Passbook also allows users to sync boarding passes across devices via iCloud and receive time and location-based reminders that display the boarding pass at the time of your flight or upon arriving at the terminal.

BA notes that, “From now on, all new boarding passes will be presented in Passbook.”

The updated British Airways app with Passbook support is available from the App Store now.

June 3, 2013

Apple has rolled out its WWDC 2013 app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (via MacRumors) this morning as WWDC quickly approaches. Apple has promised to push out session videos much quicker this year and will be available online as well as via its WWDC 2013 app for iOS.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off a week from today in San Francisco where we’ll be covering the event.

Apple is set to preview new versions of its iOS and OS X operating systems at its keynote, which we’ll be live blogging from location, and has already promised to deliver beta releases of both operating systems to developers so they can prepare their apps for the new operating systems:

“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”

WWDC attendees can use the app to organize their session priorities, navigate around Moscone West, and save their registration information in Passbook.

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May 29, 2013

Second Gear teases upcoming app release with Passbook teaser

The folks over at Second Gear released a fun new teaser for their upcoming app using Passbook and a service they created called Pit Pass.

If you are as interested as we are about what Second Gear has up its sleeve, you can make use of Passbook on your iPhone with a unique pass that will update with more teaser details leading up to the anticipated app launch.

May 24, 2013

Passbook passes via MMS on the way for Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers

Customers of Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will soon be able to receive Passbook tickets, coupons and gift cards via MMS instead of email, allowing easier installation. The announcement was made by  mobile marketing company Skycore on Market Wired.

The recipient of an MMS is instantly alerted on their home screen. An MMS pass recipient simply has to tap an image to view and install it. […] MMS is ideal because the recipient instantly knows when they’ve received it, and they don’t need to open their email client to find the pass.

May 1, 2013

European no-frills airline Easyjet offers Passbook boarding passes

TUAW notes that low-cost European airline Easyjet is now offering boarding passes in Passbook. While this is commonplace for US airlines, Passbook adoption in Europe has been very much slower, with just a handful of companies supporting it at present.

Boarding passes are loaded into Passbook via the free Easyjet app.

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