Passbook was introduced back in iOS 6 as a way of storing tickets, passes, loyalty cards and many of the other bits and pieces we used to keep in our wallets. In iOS 9, Passbook has been replaced by Wallet.
We spend quite a bit of time travelling. Today, we’re heading interstate to look at a newly released range of NAS devices. Typically, we check in with whichever airline we can manage a flight with using their online process and get the boarding pass sent to Passbook. If the airline doesn’t directly support Passbook, the boarding pass could be sent by SMS where a link would launch Safari and Passbook could import the boarding pass.
Last night, we followed our usual process to check in on our Virgin Australia flight and discovered we could no longer add the boarding pass to Wallet. Even if we displayed the boarding pass on our MacBook and attempted to use Wallet’s ‘Scan Code to Add a Pass’ option to scan the QR (quick response) code, we were out of luck.
Although we’d expect some apps to break, we’re surprised that picking up a .pckpass file no longer works.
We’re not sure who’s to blame here. With an iOS upgrade, lots of things change under the covers, so it’s hard to know whether the way .pckpass files being handled is different, changes to Safari are to blame or if the airline, Virgin Australia in this case, has made a change to its systems at the same time.
In any case, if you relied on Passbook, it’s worth noting Wallet may not work exactly the same way.