The Apple Watch was announced today and there were some specific announcements during the keynote that caught my attention. When Apple talked about 3rd party apps in development for the Apple Watch, they specifically called out travel – an industry I work in every day and a hobby I pursue outside of work as much as possible.
Starwood Hotels are building an app that will provide room check-in via your Apple Watch and unlock your hotel room by waving your Apple Watch over your room door lock. It will be available at all W Hotels around the world next year (this got a massive round of applause).
American Airlines will offer flight check in and time/gate/seat information via your Apple Watch.
If you’ve pinned sites and attractions to your Pinterest boards and you’re then near those places while travelling, the Pinterest app will notify you and provide walking directions from your current location.
Citymapper will provide transit directions on the Apple Watch and notify users to get off when they’re close to their stop.
All great applications and I can’t wait to see what else 3rd party developers create for the Apple Watch over the next 6 – 12 months.
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Jonathan Ive on the perception that Apple has run out of things to invent:
“We are at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products will be developed. When you think about technology and what it has enabled us to do so far, and what it will enable us to do in future, we’re not even close to any kind of limit. It’s still so, so new.”
Apple’s vice president of iPod, iPhone, and iOS product marketing: Greg Joswiak:
Focus: It means saying no, not saying yes.
Simplicity: Make complex things simple.
Courage: Don’t hang on to ideas from the past even if they have been successful for you.
Best: If you can’t enter the market and try and be the best in it, don’t enter it.
With iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to own an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. I believe this makes the iPad a true “post PC” device, as claimed by Jobs, and was the single biggest announcement from Monday’s keynote. Why?
RBC Capital’s Mike Abramsky:
“By “‘cutting the cord’ to the PC, Apple may expand its addressable device market by 4x, addressing the ~3B handset users who have a phone — but not a PC.”
The rest of Wall Street seems to think the future is looking pretty bright too.
I couldn’t find a decent list myself (in under 5 seconds) today, so thought I’d make one myself:
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