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06-26-2012, 12:14 PM #1
How to Play Around With Passbook In iOS 6 Beta 2
As it sits right now, the Passbook application that Apple introduced in iOS 6 is just boring. When you launch it, you get a splash screen. That’s it. How fun!
If you want to play around with Passbook and see what it’s capable of, there is a way to do that by creating pseudo-passes. These are passes that aren’t real and are generated to just allow you to play around with the functions of Passbook and see how it works. Since they aren’t real, you probably won’t be able to redeem the airplane ticket for a free flight or redeem your coffee coupon for a cheaper cup of coffee. Sorry!
To generate these pseudo-passes, you need to visit www.passsource.com on your iOS 6 Beta device through Mobile Safari. When you do, you will find the Web site below:
Tap on “individuals,” then tap on a pass you want and scroll all the way down and tap “create.” When you do this, you will be able to add that pseudo-pass to your Passbook application to play with it later. It’s best if you make about 3 pseudo-passes so you can enjoy every animation in Passbook. When you do so, you should be acquainted with the interfaces below:
From this interface, you can see all of your Passbook pseudo-passes and flip around through them. You can view each one individually, and tap on the “I” button at the bottom of the pass to adjust their settings. Real passes can be viewed on the lock screen and you can have notifications for the passes when they are ready to be used. Since these are pseudo-passes, they will not appear on the lock screen and show you notifications when they are ready to be used since they cannot be used.
You can have fun with all the great animations, see what Passbook passes will look like, and even delete them when you’re finished playing around with the pseudo-passes. When you delete a Passbook pass, a cool shredding animation will take place where the pass you delete is shredded:
Currently the Web site is in its alpha stages and it has its up and down times, but it's a cool concept to play around with so you can get used to how the new application works. Pretty cool huh? What do you think about Passbook?
Sources: Cult of Mac
06-26-2012, 01:56 PM #2
Great to have a demo site so we can see how its going to work, but can't help feeling that outside the US this is going to be as much use as the Stocks app
06-26-2012, 07:11 PM #3
In Australia, and I'm sure many other places in the world, we have been able to use our phones as boarding passes for quite some time. Simply open the email containing your boarding pass and place the phone under the barcode scanner. So for that at least the Passbook app should make organising your boarding passes easier. I've seen this done for movie tickets as well in Australia and in Singapore. Some loyalty cards are also sporting bar codes now. Basically any system that already uses a barcode can take advantage of the Passbook app.
Assuming NFC is implemented in future iPhones then that will open a huge range of possibilities to Passbook. NFC is becoming more common throughout Australia everyday.
Of course the security risk of keeping everything in your iPhone is a bit of a downer. A phone is a bit easier to lose than a wallet.
06-26-2012, 11:21 PM #4
all this talk about ios6, it's not even available for the general user.
06-26-2012, 11:49 PM #5
06-27-2012, 06:09 AM #6
the shredding animation looks great!
06-27-2012, 06:37 AM #7
06-27-2012, 03:00 PM #8
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This seems great and all, but has anyone considered the security vulnerabilities of this? Who is the author of the site? Are they credible? It has to inject some form of code into the device itself, and manipulate certain processes to make passbook work correctly. This could just as easily be a "trojan" of sorts and hijack your phone for the website creator's personal gain. Seeing functionality is cool and all, but this is a major vulnerability, it seems.