iMore's Rene Ritchie has a theory, which makes sense. Ritchie said that Microsoft may be using Apple's Passbook file format to render the files on Windows Phone 8.1 through Microsoft Wallet. Ritchie noted that Apple code-signs Passbook cards, so it is still unclear how Microsoft handled Apple's certificates.
It is possible to read and render the .pkpass file. There are even Passbook apps on Android that support the feature.
Both Microsoft and Apple declined to comment on the report.
The surprising feature is still in developer preview beta, so its fate is still unknown. Microsoft may ditch the feature in the future. Or, Microsoft may be testing Apple's reaction here. There's also a possibility that both companies have an official agreement.
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If true, Apple, as it has always been, must be very confident about its timing. After all, it will be the company's new product from an entirely different category, and people will most likely be patient about it.
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