Apple is creating an app in iOS 6 that’s the digital equivalent of stringing frequent-shopper cards on a keychain. Passbook allows you to store these sorts of cards, airline passes, movie tickets and more. The passes will appear on the lock screen. Swipe the notification, and a QR code will appear. Other businesses glimpsed include Starbucks, Amtrak, the Apple Store — even a Giants baseball ticket!

As far as airlines go, it looks like just United Airlines is onboard for now. Multiple boarding passes are grouped together. It’s integrated with the notifications center — being near a favorite Starbucks will alert you. You also can get gate changes and more information with the airline tickets.

This sort of usability will be fantastic, and I would love to see more businesses and libraries get on board with this. It will definitely reduce the amount of time spent hunting in your wallet for a particular card.

Passbook creates unified location for pass-storing originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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