Downloading the iOS 6 update was no problem earlier today. 16 minutes on the iPad, 33 immediately thereafter on the iPhone. Getting everything to work, however, is another. I was eager to test the new Passbook functionality, but couldn’t get it actually, you know, do anything. Launching the app tells you what it can do—storing your boarding passes, tickets, customer loyalty cards and coupons in one convenient place—but doesn’t do any of it.
This is because you need apps that support these features. The App Store button at the bottom of the window is supposed to take you to Passbook compatible apps, but it’s been having trouble connecting all day.
So, to actually see Passbook in action, you’re going to need to do one of two things: wait for Apple’s servers to quit getting hammered with iOS 6 downloads, or try this workaround I found posted on the Apple Support Community Forum:
- Open Settings
- Tap “General,” then scroll down to “Date & Time” and tap it.
- Switch “Set Automatically” to OFF.
- Tap “Set Date & Time.”
- Tap today’s date, then set it to one year in the future (if you get warning messages here, you can ignore them…apps should fix themselves when you switch “Set Automatically” back to ON).
- Exiting Settings, and launch Passbook and tap “App Store.”
That should do it. You may still get the error, but don’t close the app. Just bypass it, and you’ll see the list of apps that support Passbook’s functionality. It’s not an impressive list at the moment, but it’ll grow.
Once you’ve got what you need, go back to settings and switch “Set Automatically” back on.
Thanks to Demo in the Apple Support Community for providing the answer…even though he/she’s a Steelers fan.