When Apple first showed us what Passbook was all about in June, visions of sugarplums and cups of hot coffee danced in our heads. The productivity app lets users keep boarding passes, movie tickets, coupons and loyalty cards all in one place. Companies like Fandango, TicketMaster, Target and more jumped on board immediately, but for some reason, Starbucks held back.
That is until yesterday when the coffee giant updated their loyalty card app to support Passbook. Now, when you walk in the front door of your favorite Starbucks, Passbook will launch the app so you can buy a drink, earn points and redeem rewards.
Although users will still need to open the app in order to refill their virtual card balance, they can use Passbook to check remaining balances and have their card scanned at Starbucks locations worldwide.
Passbook showed up on iPhones and iPod touches everywhere with the iOS 6 update. However, Apple decided that the iPad wasn’t mobile enough to get the pleasure of the “virtual wallet.” Will that change when the iPad mini comes out?