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iOS 6.1 with major Passbook partner features

If you are looking forward to the next major update to iOS, you’ll be pleased to hear that we have hints one of core feature that could be ready for when Apple finally releases the iOS 6.1 official software update for supported devices, relating to the Passbook app which hasn’t reached its full potential yet.

At the moment, the exciting Passbook app is still in early stages, with only a few supported apps available on the App Store. If you open the App up now on iOS 6, you’ll be greeted with an intro from Apple, informing you that Passbook will give you the ability to store personal ticket and coupon information in one place, with Apple giving freedom to any developers willing to make a compatible app for Passbook.

For example, if we head into the Passbook App Store section now, we see that there are already a few apps to try out, such as United Airlines, American Airlines, Lufthansa and also a few apps which help you to book hotels. So far, there isn’t too many options related to storing coupons depending on which country you live in, but we expect more developers to welcome Passbook with more open arms as the months progress.

Now, we have news that Passbook is set to gain another major improvement, with word that British Airways are currently in the process of putting an app together exclusively for Passbook. If you are a regular flyer with the company, you’ll probably know that there is already an iOS app available – but British Airways Passbook features should allow for much tighter integration and the ability to store your boarding pass ready for instant scanning.

Do you still believe that Passbook is a positive alternative to the lack of NFC based services that we see so often with Android devices? Just like Adobe Flash, Apple appears to be anti NFC at the moment, with consumers unable to make use of many popular eWallet services.

There is no timeline for the British Airways Passbook update yet, but it could find its way into Apple’s next iOS 6.1 update, which is still in beta testing at the moment. If you are an iOS 6 user, let us know if you have begun using the Passbook features yet or not. What other major iOS 6.1 features would you like to see as a priority?

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