Minor Change in iOS 6.1 Makes it Easier to Find Passbook-Enabled Apps

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With the release of iOS 6.1 this morning, Apple introduced a minor change to Passbook, restoring the former "Welcome" screen to the app.

When Passbook was first introduced with iOS 6, it opened with a page that gave users a quick way to locate and download Passbook-enabled apps. Unfortunately, the Welcome screen disappeared after a single Passbook app was downloaded, making it difficult to discover additional apps that used the functionality.


iOS 6.1 has made the Welcome screen a permanent fixture in the app, and it can now be found below other Passbook cards. Tapping the Welcome card opens a list of apps that use Passbook in the App Store.

Though Apple includes a Passbook section in the App Store, the newly permanent Welcome card provides a faster way to find Passbook-enabled apps.

Apple's Passbook included just a handful of apps at launch, but the service has proven to be popular with both users and developers. Apple's list of Apps for Passbook now includes more than 20 apps, including those from major retailers like Fandango, Target, Sephora, and Walgreens.

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101 months ago
I opened Passbook once...
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101 months ago
Passbook can't really be considered popular.
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101 months ago

I opened Passbook once...


And I use it all of the time (I got a lot of Starbucks gift cards over the holidays).

Your milage may vary.
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101 months ago
Passbook is awesome, but needs more apps.

I use it all the time at Starbucks and going to the movies. I love how it appears on your lockscreen when you arrive at the venue. Ultra convenient. :)
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101 months ago
I use it a ton - travel for work and have my boarding passes and AA advantage card handy all the time - also use it at Starbucks, the movies and walgreens regularly.

Will be happy when MLB tickets are expanded - being a season ticket holder with the Rangers, I'd love to store all my tickets on passbook!

Keep cranking out the passes! Would love to see an official Best Buy Reward zone card pass with real-time points updates - I know I could make one online, I just prefer the clean look of the official versions.
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101 months ago
What is this Passbook they speak of?
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