“Apple’s new Passbook feature in iOS 6 isn’t just a coupon app; it’s a framework that enables retailers to develop smart apps for transactions, without relying on new Near Field Communications hardware to do so,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“The real power and utility of Passbook is not in the new app itself, but rather in the framework of functionality and infrastructure Apple created around it,” Dilger reports. “In other words, the new Passbook app in iOS 6 is just the client interface for a series of features Apple has woven through iOS 6 and its supporting cloud services, including the App Store and its Push Notification Service.”

Dilger reports, “With Passbook, Apple intends to make iOS 6 that much more attractive to custom development in a way that fails to benefit its competitors, without requiring retailers to adopt an entirely new NFC hardware payment system.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

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