Businesses can create passes for iOS 6 Passbook today

Businesses can create passes for iOS 6 Passbook today

Summary: A new website allows anyone to create passes for iOS 6 Passbook (for boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc.) ahead of the public release of the API.

TOPICS: Apps, Apple, Mobile OS

Businesses: Here's how to get on Passbook now - Jason O'Grady

At WWDC12 last week -- alongside the iOS 6 Developer Preview -- Apple debuted a new app called Passbook that has the potential to disrupt mobile payments ("m-commerce") and to turn the iPhone into the digital wallet of the future.

Here's the description of Passbook from Apple's iOS 6 preview page:

Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Wake your iPhone or iPod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place — like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon. And if your gate changes after you’ve checked in for your flight, Passbook will even alert you to make sure you’re not relaxing in the wrong terminal.

When I first launched the Passbook beta I was underwhelmed because it didn't do anything besides display a splash screen. As it turns out, the app requires retailers and vendors to release passbook compatible files (called "passes") to enable the app's functionality.

iPhoneHacks published an article on how business owners can jump on the Passbook bandwagon ahead of Apple's pubic release of its Pass Kit APIs.

Some enterprising developers created a website called PassSource that allows users to create test passes for the Passbook app today. Here's how.

  • Point your iOS 6 device's Safari browser to
  • Tap on Individual Passes
  • Here you'll see different types of test pass options. Select one of the them.
  • You will now see several fields that can be edited. Leave everything as default and tap on the Create button at the bottom.
  • Once the pass is created, you will see the preview of the pass. Tap on the Add button at the top right corner to add the pass to the Passbook app.
  • Launch the Passbook app and you should see the test pass in the app. You can tap on the Settings option in the bottom right corner to set Notifications when there are updates to the pass or to show up in the lock screen based on time or location.

Some of the fields you can populate with the PassSource (beta) - Jason O'Grady

Smart retail establishments and businesses would be well served by getting ahead of the curve on Passbook by creating their passes now. Once created, passes can be distributed by email or by posting them on a website and vendors can set them to appear at certain times or locations and update items with push notifications.

Via: @parkerdigital, @iphonehackx

Topics: Apps, Apple, Mobile OS

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  • Another cool site for Passes

    I think the potential of Passbook is massive- both for the consumers and for the businesses that issue them, and leveraging the built in capability. Apple's rarely been wrong in the last few years (ok... there are a few exceptions).

    You can easily start to play around with some other cool passes (including a Lady Gaga ticket example) by visiting (Just remember to visit it via your browser on your iPhone (3GS and above) that has iOS6 Beta installed.

    I encourage you to check out the Starbucks card too, and do a refresh!
    • Nice job

      I like the clean interface and nice domain name. I have been following your site.

      However, I am curious why you all started making a mobile site. Wouldn't a desktop site be more helpful for people developing passes initially until they have their templates all set? After seeing and others I decided to take matters in my own hands and developed which gives you a rich GUI interface to create passes. The slogan is Passes for Masses, i.e., less developer centric and more business centric.
      • WYSIWYG Pass Designer

        Thanks Maater. The iPhone interface was just for samples as typically most people are downloading them onto their device.

        For Pass creation, In addition to our API, individuals and clients can use our WYSIWYG Pass Designer. We will make this available to everyone when iOS is officially launched but you can see a sneak preview here:
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    We've just released an app on Android that handles the PKPass files that PassBook uses.

    It's called PassWallet and is available here :

    Would be interested in any feedback (either through this page or via

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    Any feedback appreciated.
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