Among its numerous announcements today, Apple unveiled an app called Passbook for iOS 6 during its keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple touted it as a way to get all your passes – boarding passes, tickets, store cards, movie tickets, etc. – all in one app. On its new iOS 6 page, Apple describes Passbook:
Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Wake your iPhone or iPod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place — like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon. And if your gate changes after you’ve checked in for your flight, Passbook will even alert you to make sure you’re not relaxing in the wrong terminal.
Here are a couple screenshots:
What do Twitter users think about Passbook?
Bonus points for the first Library to integrate Passbook-enabled library cards.
Reading about iOS 6 has me excited. Passbook is something I've always wanted. Bye bye wallet finally? http://t.co/mrMhJ4te
What are the chances of iOS 6's Passbook being any use in the UK?
Again -- not really hating on Apple. I want me some Mountain Lion, I like the looks of the new powerbook, and Passbook makes me drool.
New iOS passbook app is pure Apple - solving a real problem. Right now, trying show an electronic boarding pass is awkward and frustrating.
FUUUUU- Passbook app is a game changer.
Passbook is a cool & potentially very useful app. Unf I think hackers r going to smell blood in the water. Security will be THE issue #WWDC
Passbook is far and away the best thing Apple has done in the past two years. Hands down.
Passbook is going to be my best friend on iOS 6
iOS 6 ships this fall. I'm sure we'll get plenty more reaction once people actually get to use it.