Apple released the second beta of their iOS 6.1 mobile operating system to developers, and one change of note is a enhancement for first-time Passbook app users explaining how the app can be used. Currently, a screen directs first-timers to Passbook-ready apps on the App Store.
Unlike the current iteration of Passbook, which displays a brief explanation of the app that disappears once a pass is added, the iOS 6.1 beta version comes with a dedicated welcome message offering a more comprehensive introduction to the digital repository’s functions. The new message comes in the form of a pass, which can be deleted manually, and retains the button that takes users directly to the “Apps for Passbook” section of the iOS App Store.
Passbook debuted in iOS 6 as an easy-to-use storage area for third-party coupons, store cards, tickets, passes, and more. While only a handful of companies were supporting Passbook at introduction, the number has grown to include companies such as Starbucks.
Currently, Passbook is only available for use with the iPhone and iPod touch, with no word on availability for the iPad.