With Third Party software, or manually mounting the iPhone to your computer, it's possible to access a limited amount of information. Music, Photos, and App Data. Without breaking the Sandbox, you can never get to the OS itself, and certain data stores.

Are Passbook Passes accessible within this Sandbox? I'd be awesome to see what data is actually contained within them.

  • Is your objective to autopsy a Passbook pass? – duci9y Nov 4 '12 at 10:00
  • The ones loaded directly onto the phone, yes. I've looked at Passbook Passes generated by passsource.com, but I'm curious to look at the official ones. – Jason Salaz Nov 5 '12 at 1:19
  • Well, the passes generated by pass source are authentic and the only thing they lack is an official identifier from Apple, so you would have nothing to explore in a real one. – duci9y Nov 5 '12 at 9:00
  • Satisfy my curiosity :). – Jason Salaz Nov 5 '12 at 9:59
  • Oh, okay… But passes are encrypted on the phone, how will you decrypt them? – duci9y Nov 6 '12 at 14:36

I wrote to Macroplant, who make the iExplorer utility that I bought some time ago, and they pointed me to the fact that Passbook Cards are available in the backup data.

When using iExplorer, they're located in the 'Backup Explorer' section, under HomeDomain/Library/Passes/Cards, the Backup Explorer section is apparently a logical mapping of ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

That's good enough for me, since data is routinely backed up. I can backup and instantly access my current cards.

Thank you Mike, on the Macroplant Support Team!

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