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If you are running to that 9 o’clock meeting and are desperately in need of coffee, it could now be just a tap away. Starbucks has arrived on Passbook as the coffee major updates its iPhone (and iPad) app for iOS 6. Starbucks had promised that it would soon be available on Apple’s mobile wallet service. It has stuck to its word. Though for now it seems to be U.S. only with other Starbucks popular countries like the U.K. and Canada left out.

On the updated Starbucks mobile app you have to sign in and tap on the Passbook prompt to load the Starbucks Card. Just in case that doesn’t work, simply tap Manage and you will be given the option to Add Card to Passbook. At a Starbucks counter, you can pull out your iPhone instead of your purse and order coffee with the Passbook app.

The Passbook app geo-locates you and alerts you about the nearest Starbucks outlets. Also, it will automatically display your Starbucks card on the phone’s lock screen when you are near a specific Starbucks shop. The updated Starbucks app is much improved too, with bug fixes and easier sign-ups and processing of the Starbucks Rewards system.

The much touted NFC (Near Field Communications) isn’t here yet, but the location aware Passbook and its virtual payment looks like a good start.

Source: Macworld

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  1. Alex Perkins
    October 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    This idea is cool, it would be nice to see if there was some sort of accessory like a wristband that you could wirelessly connect to your phone to this.

  2. April Eum
    October 8, 2012 at 3:12 am

    i tried it out, my favorite part of this..was not using this feature..obviously since android had this for a while, lmao but "is that the iphone 5?" aha

  3. Anonymous
    October 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The starbucks app had had the ability to be used for purchases for a very long time. They are basically just adding that to passbook.

  4. Macwitty
    October 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

    If it makes it go faster and shorten the time to wait in line then it sounds good. I do not mind it being tested in the U.S. so it works when it gets here. I'm no good beta tester before I had morning coffee

  5. Ahmed Khalil
    October 7, 2012 at 5:22 am

    nice and funy realy, what about PIZZA

  6. Edwin Williams
    October 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Niiice! I know a lot of people who drink a lot of coffee and would benefit from using this!

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