Apple iOS6's Passbook
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What Makes Apple’s Passbook Enticing to Frequent Travelers?

Apple iOS6's PassbookDo you own an iPhone, or are you planning to buy the brand new iPhone 5? Apple’s release of the iPhone 5 could be the buzzword of the week for many Apple fans and spectators. I have been a fan of the brand and its operating for so long. And let’s admit, more to the phone, we love the apps that help us with our daily activities. I myself have a folder made especially for helpful travel apps. News tells us that there is something that could catch the interest of the usual travelers like you and me.

Apple is releasing the new operating system  iOS 6 in a week’s time; and it carries a new feature, termed as the Passbook.

Passbook (for those who are still unaware) is basically a digital organizer for your boarding passes, coupons, tickets, etc. In an era where almost everything are becoming digital, this becomes a handy app for us, travelers who are always on-the-go. Less hassle, less tendencies of losing your boarding pass and just pure convenience (we haven’t tried it yet, but the thought of it at least).

How Does It Work?

Your Apple device becomes your port of entry to your plane. With the Passbook app carrying your boarding pass details, the airport crew will simply scan your phone as if it were a printed one. Just like that. Swift!

Matched with this is the app’s ability to detect location, and instantly,  passes will appear on your lock screen when you are already in the airport.

Reports even say that the app gives alert to delayed flights, changes in the gate when it happens.

Apple's Passbook interface

Apple’s Passbook interface

I think Google has earlier launched a Passbook-like feature but which some tech blogs believe have yet to have a firm security feature to it, compared to Apple’s, so that’s may be one of the other reasons to opt for Apple’s Passbook.

You may or may not share this opinion, but having loved iOS (compared to Android and Windows OS) this surely is one good feature for traveling.

Right now, most of us can just learn more about it through Apple’s statements and releases, we have yet to find out the real value in it, when iOS 6 becomes avaiable for download on September 19.

I'm Phoebe, a writer who lives in the bustling city of Manila in the Philippines. Apart from staying in this archipelagic country with various interesting beaches, mountains and plains, hey,I still want to travel the world. I was lucky to visit a few Asian countries. I found the (very!) best egg tarts I've ever tasted in Jordan, Kowloon; fell truly in-love with Thailand's serenity and Phuket's seascape; visited Singapore three times and finding out new interesting places each time; and flew at 72 meters above sea level in Sentosa's Zipline. With these few trips, it fueled me to achieve more travels in the next few years. I dreamt to travel farther and wider across the globe, with the promise of setting foot on Paris before I die. I'm not afraid to travel alone. And I'm not afraid to get lost, that is part of the journey. I can walk all day and night exploring the city, the culture and relish the different delicacies. With travelling, there is much languages to learn, cultures to understand, people to know, and I am ready for that. These all shows the risk-taker in me. Apart from jumping to different places, I love to work and to write (wherein working and writing does not make any difference to me). I take opportunities as they come, with the fear that it will never come again. With that said, I am very eager to take part on each of your journeys and share whatever experiences and knowledge I have to help each of you (our readers) have a trip that you cannot forget. Cheers!