Smartphones can potentially replace lots of the scraps of paper we carry in our wallets. Apple’s Passbook app could potentially reduce the amount of clutter we carry even more by holding information about loyalty programs, discount vouchers, boarding passes, event tickets and other bits and pieces. But has it worked?
My name is Anthony and I’m an iPhone user. While most of the apps on my iPhone get a decent workout, the one app that I feel that I should be using more is Passbook. In theory, it’s meant to be a place where lots of different information can be stored.
In truth, the only two things I’ve managed to get into Passbook successfully have been tickets to events from Eventbrite and boarding passes when travelling on some airlines. But the store loyalty cards I carry for local supermarkets are still bits of plastic in my wallet, my local coffee shops still use either cards or other apps, and cinemas still insist in issuing bits of paper.
What gives? Is it really that hard to create .pkpass files? Microsoft recently reverse engineered them, so clearly it thinks there’s a market for the service.
Local blogger Beau Giles has compiled a list of services that use Passbook and even has pointers to sites that let you create your own Passbook files. But, at least in Australia, support for the Passbook platform seems pretty sparse.
So I’m left wondering. Is anyone using Passbook regularly? Not just for the odd boarding pass but as a place to store information that they’d otherwise have on bits of plastic or cardboard in their wallet?
Using Passbook in Australia [Beau Giles]