Passbook Is The Beginning Of Mobile Payments On iOS

Passbook is a new mobile wallet from Apple that will debut in iOS. Right now, it's about ticket aggregation, not payments. But it's a sign of things to come. Currently, it allows you to combine your tickets and loyalty cards in one convenient place.

Example 1: You buy movie tickets online. You show up at the theatre. Rather than fumble around for your pass, your phone's GPS senses that you've arrived, and your electronic ticket pops up on your phone automatically, ready to be scanned.

Example 2: You're going to the airport. You've already checked in via your phone. Passbook is scanned as you go through security. Oh no, your gate has been changed. Passbook will let you know of the change instantly, in real time, from within the app. Very nice.

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    Sounds great in theory but more likely to be only for US consumers.

    Example 1: You buy movie tickets online. You show up at the theatre. Rather than fumble around for your pass, your phone’s GPS senses that you’ve arrived, and your electronic ticket pops up on your phone automatically, ready to be scanned.

    Example 2: You’re going to the airport. You’ve already checked in via your phone. Passbook is scanned as you go through security. Oh no, your gate has been changed. Passbook will let you know of the change instantly, in real time, from within the app. Very nice.

    ... so long as you have some kind of access to the internet... given how often our mobile connection drops out around where we live, hmm...

      Actually the amount of times internet connection drops when you go into a shopping centre and head towards the cinemas, how will your phone/gps know that you've arrived there? This is very Apple-esque: Make a solution to a problem that doesnt exist without really thinking it through and then gloss it up via marketing using "shortened sequences". No wonder so many people want to sue them. Dumb.

    Yer.. this is for a country that doesn't want to use the most secure methods of payment.. America is SOOOO far behind on chip cards... but it doesn't matter because that market doesn't want it.. they want stuff like this.

    I look forward to that not being compatible with absolutely anything I'd want to have a ticket for.

    I tweeted at all the Australian airlins last night about weather they were looking into using Passbook. Only Virgin got back to me. "Thanks for raising this with us. We've passed your comment onto our IT team to look into."

      @ThatGuy, you've probably heard, Virgin Australia is ready to go for Passbook, along with Delta and American Airlines

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