Apple has just rolled-out its new “iTunes Pass” service in Japanese retail stores, allowing customers in the nation to refill credit on their Apple ID in-store using Passbook.
According to Apple’s website, Japanese customers can now add an “iTunes” pass to the iOS Passbook application, and this will be linked with a particular Apple ID. In the pass, users can check on their current credit balance; however, by searching out an in-store “specialist,” users will also be able to top-up their balance via Passbook from inside an Apple Retail Store.
As of this writing, we’re not sure when iTunes Pass is going to launch in countries around the world. It seems likely that Cupertino is testing the feature for a limited time before rolling it out internationally.
Of course, the launch of iTunes Pass also sees Apple edge closer to its long-rumored mobile payments system for iOS device owners. While near field communication (NFC) has still yet to make an appearance on iPhones, analysts have argued that a Touch ID-based payments system could launch on iOS in the near future.
Nothing’s more secure than a living fingerprint, right?
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
In the meantime, see: AppAdvice International: trade-ins for Australia, new retail stores and more, Apple is seeking ‘photography enthusiasts’ in its retail staff to test Photos for OS X, and PayPal for iOS now lets you carry virtual versions of your loyalty cards.