Apple launched a new feature called Passbook for iOS 6 mobile operating system.This feature will act as digital wallet which will responsible for all of your tickets, coupons, gift cards, and other vouchers provided by third-party App Store apps. This means all the stuff on Apple App Store and other app store like Delta apps, will more easily accessible via a single Home screen icon, and Passbook will also knows what kind of card you need depending on your need, time and location.
According to Apple Release Notes:
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.
Passbook feature from Apple is a nice effort and first step to replace traditional documents like Credit and debit cards used for purchasing. But the biggest hurdle in the full implementation of Apple Passbook is security and other mobiles payments features like Google Walled use NFC (special Near Field Communication) chips in mobiles and by taping the phone on tap Pad you can complete transaction. These chips are currently not available in Apple’s iPhones and Passbook will currently limited to gift cards that can be scanned by the merchant.
For your information Apple next generation Mobile Operating System is set to be released this fall, perhaps on 19 September so, stay stunned for more exciting news.