A new patent from Apple provides loads of information on Passbook and hints at the possibility of using near-field communications with the app.
Published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent, dubbed “Integrated Coupon Storage, Discovery, And Redemption System,” goes into great detail about a system that lets you manage and redeem electronic coupons on a mobile device.
As described in the patent, such a system could trigger an alert on your phone when you’re near a store where a saved coupon can be used. It could also alert you when you’re using your device to buy something.
Passbook currently allows you to store digital coupons on your iOS device so that you can redeem them at different stores and merchants. Read More…