iOS 6.1 was suddenly unleashed on the world this afternoon, and the update includes some minor updates. There’s Fandango movie ticket purchasing through Siri, LTE support for a dozens of new carriers, individual song downloading with iTunes Match, and more.
A small but notable change in 6.1 is the re-promotion of Passbook-enabled App Store apps in Passbook itself.
In iOS 6.0, a welcome message was displayed in Passbook the first time it was opened. A link would take you to a list of Passbook apps in the App Store. At the time of the first iOS 6 launch, there were few Passbook-enabled apps available to download.
Since then, the list has grown considerably. You can see them all by opening the Passbook app in iOS 6.1. Apple has added its own pass that gives a brief explanation of Passbook and re-links to the App Store list. There still aren’t a lot of Passbook apps available, but there are enough to spark interest. You can of course delete the introductory pass if you don’t want to cluttering your Passbook.
This was a good feature for Apple to re-add, because there is no real way to find Passbook apps in the App Store by just searching.