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Passbook

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Passbook

As you know, your iPhone or iPod touch comes with a number of preloaded applications and whether you want them or not, you're stuck with them because they can't be removed. So you might as well get to know them. We've already looked at many of the preloaded apps in earlier movies and in this chapter we're going to take a look at a couple of apps that didn't really fit anywhere else. This is not to say these apps are worthless, far from it, but they are so individual in their purposes and uses that it made sense just to group them all together in one chapter. The first one I'd like to look at is new to iOS 6 and it's called Passbook. These days so many aspects of our lives involve barcodes; from airplane tickets, to movie passes, to coffee shop cards, to drug store membership cards, and more.

Passbook

As you know, your iPhone or iPod touch comes with a number of preloaded applications and whether you want them or not, you're stuck with them because they can't be removed. So you might as well get to know them. We've already looked at many of the preloaded apps in earlier movies and in this chapter we're going to take a look at a couple of apps that didn't really fit anywhere else. This is not to say these apps are worthless, far from it, but they are so individual in their purposes and uses that it made sense just to group them all together in one chapter. The first one I'd like to look at is new to iOS 6 and it's called Passbook. These days so many aspects of our lives involve barcodes; from airplane tickets, to movie passes, to coffee shop cards, to drug store membership cards, and more.

You've might have reached the point where you're carrying half a dozen or so plastic cards on your key chain or wallet. So the idea behind Passbook is to let you store these items on your phone, which you can then easily access and scan when you need. The only requirement is that you have an iCloud account and that it's turned on, on your phone. So for example, I'll open Passbook. Here's a boarding pass I recently used on a flight. This and my ID was all I needed to get onto my flight. I didn't have to print out any paper at home, or even stop at the ticket counter when I got to the airport. I just scanned my iPhone at the security checkpoint and at the gate and that was it.

Notice the pass includes information about which gate my flight was departing from, the flight number, my seat and so on. This information is regularly updated automatically so I always have current info. So how do you get a pass into Passbook? Well, there are two main ways; as long as the company is supporting Passbook passes, and more and more are all the time, you can either visit the company's website through your phone or through their app if they have one. For example, I have a plastic Starbucks card I use when I get coffee, but I've also installed the free Starbucks app on my phone.

Now this process is going to vary from app to app but in this app, I have my card selected, I can see I currently have $25 on it and here if I tap Manage, one of the options here is Add Card to Passbook. Now for this particular app, I can also add my favorite stores. This will allow me to tell the app the stores I frequently visit and then using Geolocation anytime I'm near one of those stores, I'll see an alert on my lock screen allowing me to open my Starbucks card on my phone. I'm just going to skip this for now. Here it's just telling me how I can add those stores later, I can say OK, got it.

It's building my pass, it shows me the card and now I just tap Add. Now it takes me back to the app but now let's go back to Passbook. And you can see there's my card. So now I've just freed myself of another piece of plastic in my wallet. When I go to Starbucks now, I can just open up Passbook and scan my phone to pay. It's super fast and easy. Let me show you a few other things. Each pass has a little info button you can tap.

What you see will vary depending on the pass you're working with. In the case of the Starbucks card, I can launch the Starbucks app from here and I can turn Automatic Updates On or Off. I'll leave it on so the balance on my card remains up-to-date. On the back of my boarding passes, I can also launch the United app, I can turn on Updates and I also have the option of showing the pass on the lock screen. With that turned on, on the day I'm travelling, I'll see a notification on my lock screen that I can use to quickly access the pass just by sliding across the alert rather than having to unlock my phone, open Passbook and bring up the right pass.

It makes it very convenient to get my boarding pass this way. You can also drag down to update the information manually. Now it's currently telling me it can't update this pass because this is an old pass, but if this were for an upcoming flight, it would connect to the Internet and download my current flight information. I often do this to make sure there haven't any time or gate changes to my flights. Now I really don't need this boarding pass anymore, so I can remove it from Passbook by tapping the Trash icon. Once I confirmed by tapping Delete, I see this fun little shredding animation.

And I actually do have two other boarding passes in here I can get rid off. These were all from the same trip. And now I'm just left with my Starbucks card. Now as I record this movie, there's unfortunately not a really easy place to find all the apps that support Passbook. Now if you've never used Passbook and have no passes in it yet, in fact, let me delete my Starbucks for now.

Now this is not damaging the card in anyway or changing my account. All I'm doing here is removing it from Passbook, and if I want to add it back later, I can just go back to the Starbucks app and add it back in. So if no passes you'll see this screen that will take you to the app store where you can browse Passbook-enabled apps. Unfortunately, there's no way to see the screen once you have some passes in Passbook. But in any case here you can browse through apps that support Passbook, which you can then install and then use to add loyalty cards, gifts certificates, movie tickets and so on to your Passbook.

You can also search for the term Passbook on the iTunes store either on your iPhone or through iTunes on your computer to find apps as well. Also your favorite store or service might support Passbook through their website if they haven't released an app. For example, you can visit coupons.com on your iPhone's browser and you can see they support several different mobile devices and apps here. The first one being Passbook and I can tap Get Coupons and here I can browse through all the different coupons and each one has an Add to Passbook button.

So if I see a coupon I like to add to Passbook, I just tap Add to Passbook, I tap Add, and now the coupon is here in Passbook. You also find sites like passsource.com where you can create your own versions of passes that will work with many retailers that support barcode scanning. In any case as time goes on, more and more places will support Passbook.

So if you're tired of carrying around a bunch of cards, be sure to browse around the app store to see if you can move them to your iPhone or iPod touch. By the way if you have multiple devices like both an iPhone and an iPod touch, as long as you're using the same iCloud account on each device, you can go to Settings>iCloud and here make sure Passbook is turned on. That way all of your passes will be synced between your devices. So that's how to use Passbook new to iOS 6.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17466 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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