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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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