Major League Baseball stated on Tuesday that 13 stadiums will accept mobile tickets through Apple’s (AAPL) Passbook app during the 2013 season, an increase from just four last year, GigaOM reported. The Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will be among the teams that accept paperless tickets this summer. The MLB said that three more teams will be announced at a later date that will also support Passbook later this season. Baseball fans were quick to adopt Apple’s mobile ticket platform last season, and league executives previously predicted that sales of traditional tickets could fall to less than 10% this year, down from 55% in 2012.
One of the top new features Apple (AAPL) introduced to the world with iOS 6 was its Passbook application. The feature, which allows users to store documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards that can then be scanned for use at select retailers, is said to have already become a hit with developers, according to Wired. Fans of Major League Baseball were quick to adopt the service and companies such as Fandango, Walgreens, Ticketmaster and American Airlines have thrown their support behind the platform. While Apple doesn’t say how many apps have been developed for Passbook, there are 22 that are featured in the “Apps for Passbook” section of the App Store. More →
Despite claims of patent infringement, Apple’s (AAPL) Passbook app is slowly gaining momentum. After receiving support from a number of high-profile brands such as Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster and Walgreens (WAG), the iOS 6 application received another boost with the additions of McDonald’s (MCD), Airbnb and Eventbrite, The Next Web reported. The Passbook-enabled McDonald’s app can be used to order and purchase food right from a customer’s iPhone, although it is only available in France at the moment. The additions of Airbnb and Eventbrite are seen as significant development for the platform as well because both companies have dealt extensively with mobile transactions. Eventbrite, for one, has issued more than 50 million tickets and totaled mores than 1 billion in sales, while Airbnb has booked more than 10 million guest and seen a 26% increase in its mobile traffic. More →
Software development company Ameranth has filed a patent complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California against Apple (AAPL) over its Passbook service in iOS 6, AppleInsider reports. The company claims that Passbook violates four of its U.S. patents concerning “information management and synchronous communications system.” Ameranth, which sells software and services to the hospitality, gaming and food services industries, has asserted three of the patents in several other cases against Apple’s business partners, such as Fandango, OpenTable and Ticketmaster. As a result, the company is seeking triple the damages that it has sustained due to Apple’s “willful infringement.” More →
Even though Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 6 and its highly-anticipated Passbook mobile wallet app haven’t been released yet, airline companies are already allowing mobile boarding passes to be saved to the developer build of Passbook for iPhone, reports Australian Business Traveller. The publication cites a reader who was traveling on Virgin Australia and was prompted to add his boarding pass to Passbook on the developer build of iOS 6 installed on his iPhone. So far, United Airlines is the only airline that’s been officially announced as a Passbook backer, but more will likely follow suit as Passbook becomes more widely available.