Apple Launches ‘iTunes Pass’ Program In Japan

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) just debuted iTunes Pass, a new service that enables users to add funds to iTunes or App Store with their iPhones or other iOS devices. These credits can then be used on iTunes, App Store, or iBookstore.

Apple’s iTunes Pass makes it easy to add credits

This feature lets users skip redemption codes and allows them to add credits via the Passbook app. iTunes Pass features a QR code that store employees can scan to process payment. The balance is updated for immediate use. This new feature is exclusively available in Apple Stores in Japan. At press time, there is no word on whether Apple will launch the same program in other markets. However, the small print says iTunes Pass isn’t available in China, Brazil, or Turkey. This might mean Apple has plans to launch the service in other countries sometime in the near future.

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Apple first introduced Passbook back in 2012 with iOS 6. This app was designed for storing discount cards, gift cards, digital coupons, and boarding passes. Passbook already works with a lot of apps including Apple Store, United Airlines, Starbucks, Amtrak, Target, AMC Stubs, Sephora, Walgreens, and more. Passbook is just another way Apple revolutionized the tech industry. It simplifies purchases and eliminates the need for carrying a stack of cards or tickets. This new program in Japan is just another thing Apple revolutionized.

Larger iPhone 6 may be delayed

In other Apple-related news, a new report indicates the Cupertino-based tech giant may have hit production problems. Ming-chi Kuo analyst for KGI Securities released a report citing information from AppleInsider and MacRumors. In the report, Kuo stated Apple could delay the launch of the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 because of the metal casing and in-cell touch screen. The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is still expected to launch in September.