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Apple Pay Overtakes Starbucks as Most Popular Mobile Payment Platform in the US

Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:41 am PDT by
Apple Pay has overtaken the Starbucks mobile app to become the most popular mobile payment system in the United States, claims a new report out today. According to eMarketer, ‌Apple Pay‌ became the market leader last year, when 27.7 million Americans used the app to make a purchase. Since then, however, ‌Apple Pay‌ has grown even faster than expected. In 2019, ‌Apple Pay‌ will have 30.3...

Starbucks App for iOS Updated With New Stores and Ordering Layout, Face ID Support

Monday January 29, 2018 11:13 am PST by
The Starbucks app for iOS devices was today updated to version 4.5, introducing a refined user interface for locating nearby stores and placing orders. Finding a Starbucks store that's close by is easier following the 4.5 update, with an improved map that makes it easier to see which stores are closest to you. One-tap filters that are better organized offer a faster way to find a suitable ...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Financing iPhone X Can Work Out to Cost of Just a Few Nice Coffees Per Week

Friday November 3, 2017 6:54 am PDT by
While the iPhone X starts at $999 in the United States, with an even more expensive 256GB model available for $1,149, Apple CEO Tim Cook believes the price can ultimately work out to less than one cup of coffee per day. On a conference call after Apple reported its fourth quarter earnings results on Thursday, Cook started by saying the iPhone X can be financed for as little as $33 per month...

Starbucks App for iOS Gains Support for iMessage Gift Cards

Tuesday April 4, 2017 11:47 am PDT by
Starbucks today updated its iOS app to introduce a new feature that allows Starbucks customers to send digital gift cards to friends and family members using the Messages app. To send a digital Starbucks gift card, the Starbucks Gifts app will need to be installed from the Messages App Store. From there, the app offers an interface with several different gift card graphic options and $5, $10,...
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Starbucks Begins iOS Beta Test of Assistant That Can Take Coffee Orders Via Voice or Message

Monday January 30, 2017 6:29 am PST by
Starbucks today launched a limited iOS beta test for a new artificial intelligence assistant called "My Starbucks barista," which will let customers order their favorite menu items by speaking with a virtual barista within a new messaging interface in the company's mobile app (via TechCrunch). If they choose to, users can also opt to simply type their order to Starbucks, similar to chatbots...

Starbucks iOS App Puts Loyalty First With New Rewards Features

Wednesday April 13, 2016 4:23 am PDT by
Starbucks yesterday announced a new version of its iOS app, featuring an overhauled design that aims to offer a more personalized experience for its customers and highlight the benefits of its loyalty program. A new homepage for the app puts the company's Stars rewards front and center, enabling users to keep track of how many stars they've accrued and redeem them more easily. Collected...

Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks

Monday May 18, 2015 5:47 pm PDT by
Longtime iTunes partner Starbucks today announced a brand new music partnership with music streaming service Spotify. Starbucks members will have access to in-store music within the Starbucks app powered by Spotify, and Spotify users will have opportunities to gain Starbucks rewards points. “We plan on building one of the most robust digital ecosystems of any retailer in the world. Given...
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Starbucks iOS App Gains Support for Apple Pay

Wednesday February 11, 2015 10:24 am PST by
Starbucks today updated its iOS app to add support for Apple Pay, making it possible for iOS users to reload their Starbucks cards using Apple's payments service. Starbucks was listed as an Apple Pay app partner when Apple Pay launched in October, but it has taken several months for the feature to be available to Apple Pay users. Apple Pay can only be used in the Starbucks app for reloading...
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Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015

Thursday December 4, 2014 2:20 am PST by
Starbucks today launched its "Mobile Order & Pay" feature in Portland, Oregon, which allows customers to place an order on their iPhones with the Starbucks app and schedule it for a pick up, reports WIRED. The feature requires that users accept a one-time Location Services prompt in order to identify the nearest location accepting Mobile Order & Pay, and uses a customer's connected Starbucks card ...
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Starbucks to Roll Out 100,000 Wireless Smartphone Chargers at 7,500 U.S. Stores

Thursday June 12, 2014 2:58 am PDT by
Starbucks, in collaboration with Duracell, has announced that it will begin rolling out more than 100,000 Duracell Powermat wireless smartphone table chargers throughout 7,500 of its stores in the United States over the next three years. The announcement comes after the program was initially tested in Starbucks stores across Boston, Massachusetts and San Jose, California. Notably, while...

Starbucks iOS App Updated to Secure Personal Information [Updated x2]

Friday January 17, 2014 5:35 am PST by
Starbucks has released an update to its iOS app that safeguards customer's personal information stored on the phone. An earlier version of the app saved sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and location data, in a clear text format. Potential criminals who obtained physical access to a customer's iPhone could download these details with minimal effort. As announced by...

Starbucks Admits It Stores Unencrypted User Passwords, Location Data in iPhone App

Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:42 pm PST by
Starbucks has admitted that its mobile payment app for iPhone does not encrypt user passwords and location data, instead storing it in a clear text format, according to a report from Computerworld. The credentials were stored in such a way that anyone with access to the phone can see the passwords and usernames by connecting the phone to a PC. No jailbreaking of the phone is necessary. And that...

'Bike Baron' Named Starbucks App of the Week, Available for Free

Tuesday June 18, 2013 1:30 pm PDT by
Mountain Sheep's Bike Baron has been chosen as the Starbucks App of the Week, making it available for free for the first time ever for customers who have downloaded the Starbucks app. Bike Baron is a an extreme biking game where the objective is to navigate through dangerous terrain and deadly obstacles. Our sister site TouchArcade has a review of the gameplay:Bike Baron successfully merges...
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Starbucks' Pick of the Week Goes Mobile Through iOS App With 'Angry Birds Star Wars'

Tuesday April 9, 2013 8:15 am PDT by
Starbucks and Apple have long had a partnership to give away iTunes Store and App Store content to Starbucks customers, with the "Pick of the Week" program using physical cards with redemption codes on the back to allow users to download their free content. As noted by CNET, Starbucks has now gone mobile with the Pick of the Week program, allowing users to access each week's selection directly ...

Steve Jobs' 4,000-Latte Prank Order Lives On at San Francisco Starbucks

Monday March 4, 2013 9:58 am PST by
During the introduction of the first iPhone, in a moment that got one of the biggest laughs of his career, Steve Jobs made a prank phone call. In front of thousands of Apple fans at the Macworld Expo in 2007, Jobs called a local Starbucks outlet and ordered 4,000 lattes -- to go. He quickly hung up, telling the barista who answered "No, just kidding. Wrong number. Goodbye!" Fast Company found...
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Apple and Starbucks Partner for (Product) Red Gift Cards

Thursday November 29, 2012 6:08 pm PST by
Just in time for the holidays, Apple and Starbucks have partnered up for a (Product) Red gift card combo. When you buy the $15 iTunes + $15 Starbucks gift card both companies together will contribute 5% to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS research. Give a gift that gives back this holiday season with Starbucks iTunes (RED)™ eGift basket. You can send loved ones a thoughtful gift of two...

Starbucks Adds Passbook Support to Its iPhone App

Wednesday October 3, 2012 6:39 pm PDT by
Starbucks has added Passbook support to its iPhone app [App Store], as perhaps the highest profile app to embrace the feature. Starbucks customers can use its app to store gift cards and use QR codes on the phone to quickly pay for food and drinks without needing cash or credit cards. Additionally, the company keeps track of purchases for its rewards program.It's a near perfect use of...

Starbucks Offering Redemption Codes for Free Book-of-the-Week

Tuesday September 13, 2011 10:31 am PDT by
Starbucks has partnered with iTunes to give away free content since 2007, offering free redemption codes for a "song of the week". Earlier this year, Starbucks began offering a "Pick of the Week" iPhone app, including a high-profile promotion of SPY Mouse, a new game from Firemint/EA Games. This week, Starbucks is offering an iBookstore redemption code for The Night Circus, a $12.99 book...

Starbucks and Apple Partner for Free iPhone Apps

Tuesday August 16, 2011 9:58 am PDT by
Apple and Starbucks have expanded their music partnership to offer free apps as well. The coffee chain is now offering customers free "Pick of the Week" cards with App Store redemption codes for featured apps. The first app is Shazam Encore, a music-identification app that normally sells for $5.99. Apple and Starbucks have had a relationship for years, originally offering free songs and...
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Starbucks Mobile Payments for iPhone and iPod Touch Now Available Nationwide

Wednesday January 19, 2011 7:36 am PST by
Starbucks today announced that its mobile payments solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and select BlackBerry devices is now available nationwide, allowing customers to pay for their purchases using the company's mobile app at nearly 6,800 traditional Starbucks locations and over 1,000 Starbucks locations in Target stores across the United States. To experience mobile payment at Starbucks,...