With the release of iOS 6 yesterday and the impending release of the iPhone 5 tomorrow, there’s been a frenzy of app updates this week. Of particular note are apps that have been updated to work with Apple’s new Passbook app that acts as a “holder” for boarding passes, movie and sporting event tickets, and store loyalty cards.
At its most recent media event, Apple demonstrated Passbook showing Starbucks, American Airlines, Sephora, Fandango, and others as participating businesses. Apps for many of these companies have been updated accordingly in the last day or so to add Passbook compatibility. To keep track of all apps that have been updated with Passbook compatibility, you can use this Passbook search query to automatically find all the latest apps with this feature right here on AppShopper.
If, like me, you have not been able to get the Passbook app to do much of anything but show you a broken link to the App Store when you try to find compatible apps, check out this possible fix over at MacRumors.
For another way around this issue or to simply see how Passbook works, check out this overview of how to purchase a digital movie ticket and get it to show up in Passbook over at Techcrunch.
If you’d rather not spend any money to test it out, you can get some free mobile coupons from Target to show up in Passbook by downloading the free Target app and opting in to mobile coupons from the My Target menu. Once you’re opted in, there’s an option to add the coupons to Passbook, which will give you a single virtual card in Passbook with a scannable QR code that you can use at Target to redeem any of the coupons.
At the time of this post, the company with the loyalty card I use most often, Starbucks, has not yet updated its app with Passbook compatibility. While this will not stop me from indulging in my grande no-water, no-foam chai tea lattes in the meantime, I’m looking forward to trying out Passbook with my Starbucks loyalty card when it’s compatible.
More and more apps are getting updated for the iPhone 5′s larger screen as well. As we mentioned earlier this week, you can check out a list of apps that have been updated to fill up its 4-inch screen using this pre-defined search query. At the time of this post, this list has nearly 1,000 apps on it with several big-name apps making an appearance including Flipboard, Pinterest, and Navigon. If you’re getting an iPhone 5 tomorrow, you’ll have no problem filling it up with apps that will take full advantage of its 4-inch screen.