So, the wacky little app-thingy that we all wondered about in iOS 6, Passbook, seems like it’s starting to grow up a bit. Now, when you tap the App Store button in the Passbook App, the new “Apps for Passbook” section of the iTunes App Store, only available via your iPhone running iOS, has quite a few new apps available.
Quite a few new businesses are involved, it seems, as you can see in the expanded listing. There’s Airbnb, Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, and, while I’m not seeing these in in my list, MacNN is calling out McDonalds (France only for now), American Express, StubHub and Tickets.com apps in Passbook.
Airbnb is a short term accommodation matching service, connecting rooms and other properties to rent with potential renters, while Eventbrite lets anyone plan events, sell tickets, and publicize those events via an app and matching orange card swipe dongle, like Square or Paypal’s, only for event tickets.
Having these established companies join Passbook, as well as new startups planning to add Passbook support, like mobile app rewards network Kiip and Billguard, a credit and debit card protection company, can only be a sign that Passbook is here to stay, and may in fact turn into an indispensable part of our daily lives.