2 October 2012 - 1:23pm | posted by

Apple Passbook 'a stroke of genius', says Lastminute.com mobile chief

Passbook: 'A stroke of genius'Passbook: 'A stroke of genius'

The head of mobile development for Lastminute.com has described Apple's Passbook app, recently launched through iOS 6, as 'a stroke of genius'.

David Slocombe praised the ticketing app while discussing the growth of m-commerce as part of a panel discussion at AppWorld. Slocombe said the app, which aims to take the place of gift cards, loyalty cards, boarding passes and sports tickets, showed Apple's ambition to 'own' the post-purchase online space.

He explained: "For a customer like ours, they essentially come to us to save money, they want the cheapest deal and they want it now. Then they will go to the hotel and the restaurant, so essentially Apple is wanting to own that space.

"Travel customers are early adopters, especially in mobile. With Passbook, essentially you're just sent a link in an email once you've completed a booking and you open that on your iPhone it will open up a nice little credit card looking thing, essentially an animated wallet, so the next extension of that will be its integration."

He added that as result of the release of Passbook in a bid by Apple to 'own' the space, he couldn't see anyone else competing.

Slocombe later emphasised the issues around security and trust that users still have when using m-commerce and also highlighted the emerging technology as being an opportunity for new tech companies.

"If you're a start up or an SME this is a particularly exciting time," he said. "This is where the payments world is unlocking."

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