Time flies: Six ways the Apple Watch could change the way you travel
Apple released details of its latest gamechanger yesterday, and it looks set to have a major impact on travel.
1. It will take (some) stress out of flying
An American Airlines app is one of six travel apps in the Apple Watch store, with a simple interface giving passengers flight information, the ability to check in and allowing them to view airport maps. An Expedia app also features, promising that "you may never miss another flight". Expect other airlines, and booking platforms, to follow suit.
2. You can use it as a room key
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has "added a new level of hospitality" with the Apple Watch, it says. Guests will be able to unlock their doors with the device, no key cards necessary. Users can also get directions, check in and view their Starpoints balance.
3. You can 'e-hail' a ride
During yesterday's demo, an app for Uber - the taxi and licensed car hailing app - was demonstrated. It will allow users to 'e-hail' a ride, as well as watch the car approach.
4. It brings reviews to your wrist
Yep, TripAdvisor is on your wrist from the get-go. Other travel apps include OpenTable, which allows you to log details of your upcoming restaurant reservations and find your way there with a map.
5. You don't have to miss Instagram for a second
Apple's wearable technology allows users to browse their Instagram feed, like their favourite photos and leave emoji comments on the hoof. So keep those dodgy food photos coming...
6. It has Citymapper
Citymapper is an app that shows the fastest routes to where you want to go, using your current location. Like much of the Apple Watch apps, the initial attraction here is that it offers step-by-step instructions for where you want to go without having to take your phone out of your pocket.
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