20 SEP

More Apps Getting Updated with Passbook and iPhone 5 Compatibility

by Marianne Schultz

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 freeĀ 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.

5 Comments

  1. Evan London

    Where in the EULA did I give Apple, permission to delete the YouTube app from my iPhone when I upgraded to iOS 6? How DARE they!!! Then when I go to download and install the YouTube app my phone ends up burning through a full battery overnight in a VAIN effort to download and install YouTube. Are you kidding? I am going to file a formal complaint with the NYS Attorney General and the FCC. Apple better put it back or else. Absolutely shameful. A big FU to Apple.

  2. Sam

    Evan,

    Don’t act so entitled. Apple never gave you the power to tell them what they can do with their software that they put on your phone. To think they ever did is a ridiculous notion itself.

    Apple is trying to remove all licensed elements of Google from iOS. I don’t know what phone you have, but I have the 4S and the new native YouTube app from Google works just fine. I’ve had it since before i upgrade to iOS 6. I’d say it is even better than the old one and MUCH FASTER.

    Filing a complaint with the NYS Attorney General and FCC will accomplish nothing. They won’t even take it seriously, because neither entity has any power or desire to take action against Apple for such a minor issue.

    Honestly, it sounds to me like something is wrong with your phone. Try restarting it by holding the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time until you see the apple logo. If that doesn’t work, take it in to the store and have them look at it.

    Good Luck,

    Sam

  3. Chuck Finley

    Evan, Apple’s license to include the YouTube app in iOS expired, which meant they *had* to remove it.

  4. James

    Dude,
    The licensing agreement is the term by which YOU the user are ALLOWED to make use of somebody else’s software, not the other way around. YouTube wasn’t yours, you just got licensed the right to use it temporarily.

  5. A

    I’m less annoyed by having to re-install YouTube then I am about this “Passbook” garbage . Yet another useless app I don’t want (even if it worked, which it doesn’t) that can’t be deleted and has to be moved to another page of my screen, right next to Newsstand, for which we aren’t even given the option of moving into the folder we specifically designated for crap we don’t use. The least they could’ve done before releasing the update was make sure, if it was going to include a mandatory new app, that the thing at least worked before adding itself to everyone’s phone. I mean really, someone should probably lose a job over that. Its link to the app store doesn’t even work.

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