Apple claims that Passbook is location-sensitive. When you’re near a Target store, for instance, the phone is supposed to alert you to deals. It didn’t happen for me; maybe later.
Passbook isn’t as good as Lemon Wallet, a free app that offers many similar functions and is far easier to use. Lemon Wallet lets you photograph your credit, debit, or discount cards, then use them through the phone. Lemon Wallet could teach Apple a thing or two about software design.
But then, so could the many disgruntled users of iOS 6. It’s a simple lesson, really: Cool new software is even cooler when it works properly.
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