Passbook, an app component of Apple's new iOS 6 operating system, is designed to lighten your wallet and streamline your life by organizing your tickets, loyalty cards and coupons in one place. Depending on your settings, Passbook can use location and time data to launch the passes when the app believes you will want to use them.
However, to use Passbook you do have to download and log in to each Passbook-supported app individually before Passbook consolidates the bar codes into one place.
Here's a sampling of some of the most popular Passbook-supported apps available now:
Moviegoers will be able to use Fandango's Passbook-supported app to purchase tickets and then have the bar code scanned from their phone by ticket-takers at 2,600 screens across the country. The app will use location information and time data to display the ticket as people arrive at the theater.
Major League Baseball is utilizing Passbook so fans attending home games for the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals can store tickets and enter games using their iPhones for the remainder of the 2012 season. Tickets in Passbook will include normal information about the game, such as date, opponent and seat location.
United and many other airlines have integrated or will soon integrate Passbook into their iPhone apps. United passengers can check in to their flight using the United app and have their boarding pass stored in Passbook. The boarding pass in Passbook is dynamic. That means gates and flight times can be updated if they change.
When you buy tickets using the Ticketmaster app, you can save them directly to Passbook and have your iPhone scanned at select venues to enter the event.
Walgreens has integrated Passbook into its apps so you no longer have to carry the company's loyalty card. Customers can sign up for the card in the app and import it into Passbook. Using location data, customers can have the bar code for the loyalty card launch when the phone detects they are near a store.