Since the unveiling of iOS 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, we’re eager to get our hands on the latest iOS 6 features. Passbook which is set to offer all your coupons, tickets and more within a simple app, is set to be one of the key features that push the Apple iPhone 5 to new levels of interactivity.
As one of the many iOS 6 features coming soon, Passbook for the Apple iPhone 5 aims to deliver a one stop destination for all those bits of paper you keep inside your wallet or back pocket. No more rumagging and shuffling for your vouchers like a deck of cards as Passbook on iOS 6 keeps it all organised and at hand.
The App Store recently celebrated its 25 billionth download in March, and there are many great apps already available that feed you with vouchers and electronic passes. There are flight apps that keep your boarding cards conveniently at hand, whilst supermarket and store apps are available to make sure you always have your loyalty card available when at the checkout. There are even cinema apps which can hold your prepaid cinema tickets. With so many custom apps to shuffle through, Passbook for the Apple iPhone 5 will contain your essential vouchers and passes within one app.
iOS 6 Passbook features
iOS 6 Passbook users will be prompted at moments when a coupon could potentially be used. With time and location settings enabled, your passes and tickets can appear on the lock screen when you could potentially use them; your boarding pass at the airport or film tickets at the cinema. Passbook for iOS 6 can even push a gentle reminder as you browse past the store.
Passbook for the Apple iPhone 5 can update automatically too. If the gate for your flight changes after you’ve already checked in, your iPhone 5 will alert you to make sure you depart smoothly.
When your coupons finally expire or are no longer needed, you can delete them and a quirky papershredding animation will wave your coupon goodbye. It’s a nice touch that keeps the iOS 6 user in control of their Apple iPhone 5 Passbook vouchers.
Make Payments with your iPhone?
Is Apple ready to act as the digital wallet for iOS 6 users? Apple are already a huge player for online payments. With over 400 million transactions through iTunes and the App Store, Apple are likely to take the iOS 6 Passbook feature as a stepping board into phone payments. It’s widely rumoured that the new iPhone 5 will have built in NFC technology which lets you wave your phone against a scanner to make a payment.
Google already have their Android based Google Wallet system available to their users. Smartphone owners of handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, can load up the Google Wallet app to pay for items in shops across America.
The success of Passbook will ultimately depend on whether third party developers use the iOS 6 feature to promote their own exclusive offers. Today’s online shopper is savier than ever, with coupon sites such as Groupon proving a hit for those seeking a bargain. To have your coupons, electronic vouchers and tickets in one easy to access place is a clear win for the consumer. The fact Passbook can provide time and location based reminders is sure to bring in a thumbs up from the businesses and a madrush to get their special offers onto iOS 6 ready for the Apple iPhone 5 release. Passbook looks set to become one of the best Apple iPhone 5 apps that will change everything, again!
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