Apple’s iOS 6 betas have been rolling out since the WWDC ’12 keynote, but Passbook – the company’s digital wallet solution – isn’t automatically enabled. Fortunately, it’s possible to enable the Passbook app using one quick, relatively simple method, as Redmond Pie notes.
Here’s the process – though before continuing, do note that Passbook is only available on iDevices running iOS 6: to install the prerelease software on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the iDevice in question must be registered with an Apple developer account.
1 – Launch Safari for iOS on your iDevice, and visit PassSource. Here, you can create passes for the Passbook app free of charge.
2 – Enter the relevant information for the passes displayed on the mobile webpage. You can also leave this information blank if you just want to see what a pass-filled Passbook app will look like, but doing this will obviously not create working passes.
3 – Once the required information has been entered, click “create,” and you’ll be able to add the pass in question to your iOS 6-powered iDevice.
It’ll be interesting to see how Apple develops Passbook as we move closer to the release of the sixth-gen iPhone and iOS 6, both of which are expected to launch in fall. The most recent rumors suggest that the upcoming smartphone will be NFC-capable, meaning Passbook could turn out to be more than just a digital pass-holder, and perhaps a true mobile payments solution for the sixth-gen iPhone handset.
Until then, iDevice owners rocking iOS 6 beta can play around with the application using the above method – hit the links below for additional information regarding the process.