One of the Apps that Apple showcased when they introduced Passbook iOS 6 was the Starbucks App. So needless to say the Starbucks App has been one of the most highly anticipated Apps that people have been waiting for to be updated since iOS 6 shipped. Starbucks tweeted that they would have their update by the end of September and that didn’t happen. It could have been tied up in that pesky App Store approval process, but it’s here now and they did a good job. Unlike the Walgreens App, the Starbucks App lets you pick up to 10 of your favorite locations to pop up your card when you are nearby. As promised you’ll see your available balance and most locations can scan the barcode right off the screen (what are the other locations like the ones in DTW airport waiting for?).
I’m pleased to see this update although they still didn’t update it yet to take advantage of the iPhone 5 display size yet. As more Apps get updated Passbook will become more and more useful. In a year we’ll probably wonder how we ever lived without it. At this point there is a long way to go, but with the Starbucks App now on board we’re one step closer to having something great.