Developers have been taking full advantage of Apple's new iMessage App Store introduced in iOS 10. iPhone and iPad owners can now download and send Stickers, and even play games within their Messages app. Starbucks has taken the feature even further by introducing a new way to send Gifts through iMessage with Apple Pay. Anyone who sends $5 through the Starbucks app will also receive $5 until April 23rd (or until 45,000 gifts are sent). Here's how to send Starbucks Gifts through your Messages app:
Next week, users of the Starbucks iPhone app will notice significant improvements to their coffee buying experience. The company has revealed that enhancements to the app are in the pipeline and will be released in a March 19 update.
Customers in the US, UK and Canada will be able to leave their barista tips directly from the iPhone at over 7,000 Starbucks locations. Considering that Starbucks reports over 11 percent of all transactions now occur using a mobile device, baristas must be happy to hear that generous customers can easily deliver a gratuity without cash.
Much like Apple's iOS 6 Maps app, the mobile payments Passbook app is a work in progress. iOS users will eventually be able to keep thousands of store coupons, boarding passes and store cards in one place. For example, Starbucks Card owners can now pay for food and beverages through the Passbook app.
Users can add their add their Starbucks Card to Passbook by accessing the “My Card” tab in the Starbucks application. The Starbucks app version 2.4 also allows users to check their balances, reload their cards, track their "My Starbucks Rewards" status and send eGifts to a friends.
Apparently if you have an iPhone 3GS and you're looking for the nearest burger in Paris you're in luck. Presselite has released their 99 cent iPhone application, Metro Paris Subway.
It allows iPhone users to view many points of interest, including metro and bus stations, superimposed over live video of current surroundings. Just a month ago we explored a video of the prototype NYC version of a similar augmented reality application.