Apple loves to enter new markets with something different and iOS 6 might be doing just that with a foray into travel, which could potentially change the way you check in at an airport if Apple ends up having their way.
Apple’s iPhone 5 event is due to start on Wednesday, but we have already heard of another major reveal that will be part of Apple’s iOS 6 presentation. A new feature called Passbook is on the way and it will allow you to utilize NFC technology that will be equipped on the iPhone 5, to bring up boarding passes on your phone, eliminating the need for paper e-ticket searching forever.
Furthermore, Passbook is going to be set up in a way that it will be time and location sensitive as well, meaning that you’ll get on screen notifications if a gate time changes for example, or if a flight is delayed so you can make alternative arrangements straight away.
Passbook won’t be limited to just flights though, as we’re hearing that Apple is going to partner with major movie outlets as well so you can use passbook to bring up your movie tickets straight away and walk straight to your seat without any hassle. There’s one thing introducing a new feature for consumers, but another if you already have the backing of major companies who have already lended their support.
Information revealed by 9to5Mac suggests that United Airlines and Virgin Australia have already put their weight behind Apple’s new Passbook system, and if Apple have their way – we could see a new level of domination akin to what Apple achieved in the music industry with the iPod.
It would be fantastic if these airlines already have plans to set up separate lines in place for those that plan to scan their way through checking systems using Passbook with iOS 6. We can definitely see this being a hit with consumers and with deep integration with NFC, it could end up working with a variety of other digital services as well.
Do you like the sound of Passbook for the iPhone 5? We have a feeling that Apple may make this an iPhone 5 exclusive feature like they did with Siri for the 4S at launch, but that wouldn’t be a problem for you right? It’s yet another new feature that has been exposed prior to Apple’s event, but we can’t wait to see what Passbook can do nevertheless. Not long to go now folks.