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Friday, September 21, 2012

Quick Fix: iOS 6 Passbook (Eliminating App Store Error)

The recently released iOS 6 included a built-in app called Passbook. This feature for many has been a sore spot because of the lack of functionality. Upon opening the new application an introductory screen is shown with a button guiding the user to the App Store. However, the common reaction to the tap of the App Store button is a cannot connect error. 

While this feature is new and few app developers are supporting it currently, the "cannot connect" error limits the consumer market to even see what options are available. If you have encountered this error, there is a very easy fix to allow you access to the App Store through Passbook so that you may look at you option to take advantage of this new iOS feature.

This simple fix

The steps:
  1. Open Settings>General>Date & Time. 
  2. Turn off the "Set Automatically" feature.
  3. Manually set you device's date to 2013.
  4. Close the Settings app and navigate to the Passbook app.
  5. Follow the link in the app to the App Store (A loading wheel should appear rather than the error).
  6. Navigate back to setting and re-engage the "Set Automatically" feature for the Date & Time.
  7. Hard reboot your device. This is accomplished by holding down the sleep/wake and home buttons at the same time until the screen goes black (ignoring the "Slide to power off").
  8. Restart the device and open the multitasking tray.
  9. Close from multitasking both the App Store and Passbook.
  10. Done!
With these steps complete opening Passbook and navigating to the App Store through the provided button should be successful. At the time that I enabled this functionality there were only 6 apps supporting Passbook integration.

Let me know if this worked for you in the comments below. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

iSO 6 Live for Download

The much anticipated iOS 6 is now available for public download. Available either through iTunes with a connected device or over the "air" on you iDevice (Setting>General>Software Update).