Friday 15 November 2019

Time flies: Six ways the Apple Watch could change the way you travel

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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.

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Apple Watch: Starwood Hotels & Resorts app

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.

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Apple Watch: Instagram app

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.

Read more:

Love it or loathe it: Apple will sell 10 million watches in 2015 20 essential travel apps

Model Christy Turlington Burns speaks to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the Apple Watch. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Model Christy Turlington Burns speaks to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the Apple Watch. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Apple Watch: Starwood Hotels & Resorts app
Apple Watch: Instagram app
Time flies: Could the Apple Watch change how we travel?

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