Starbucks just updated its iOS app to work with iOS 6 and Passbook, Apple’s new virtual wallet app. The update lets users store virtual card info in both the Starbucks app as well as Passbook, which will allow them to access the card much more easily, in the iPhone lock screen itself.
The update also includes an easier sign up process for Starbucks’ Rewards system, allowing for new accounts to be created within the app, as well as multiple bug fixes, data optimization, and performance improvements.
Users will continue to use the Starbucks app itself to refill their virtual card balances, but can show the card’s balance and barcode for scanning via Passbook at checkout.
Of course, Passbook is only on iOS devices running iOS 6. The Starbucks app itself is compatible with iOS 5 and up, however, and it is not yet fully iPhone 5 compatible–it runs on my iPhone 5 with the little black bars above and below the app.
Currently, Passbook is only available for iPhones running iOS 6, and automatically adjusts the display to take advantage of the iPhone 5’s 4-inch Retina display if available. The Starbucks app is compatible with all iOS devices capable of running iOS 5 or later.