If you’re currently using iOS 6, you’re probably wondering why the hell you can’t use Passbook for anything. It seems that with the removal of YouTube and the failure of Apple’s Maps that everyone has neglected Passbook, leaving it left with little functionality from only a handful of businesses. Fortunately though, a few more companies are offering support for the seemingly useless application.
The companies include McDonalds, Airbnb and Eventbrite, and all use pretty much the same concept. You pay for something, whether it be a meal, a flight, or a ticket for an event, and then you get a digital pass (in McDonalds’ case, a QR code) and then you get access to whatever you paid for. As of yet, the McDonalds app will only work at 45 restaraunts in France, but hopefully the fast food chain will increase compatibility in no time.
Okay, so it’s not the ‘digital wallet’ that Apple promised, but it’s a start, and hopefully more and more companies will start to support Passbook, and make it what it should have been when it was released.
Since Passbook was first announced, I’ve been very skeptical about whether it’ll catch on, especially here in the UK. There is now evidence of Apple expanding their horizons with it, but I’m still very unsure about it becoming a ‘digital wallet’. But who knows, perhaps in the coming months , I’ll be buying everything with my iPhone.