Travel with the Apple Watch

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).

Starwood Apple Watch

American Airlines will offer flight check in and time/gate/seat information via your Apple Watch.

American Airlines 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.

Pinterest Apple Watch

Citymapper will provide transit directions on the Apple Watch and notify users to get off when they’re close to their stop.

Citymapper Apple Watch

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.

Images via Apple

Time Interviews Jonathan Ive

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.”

Great read.

Cutting the cord

 

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.

A list of all categories in the iOS App Store

I couldn’t find a decent list myself (in under 5 seconds) today, so thought I’d make one myself:

Updated on 24/12/14

Sports
Health & Fitness
Education
Photo & Video
Travel
Music
Lifestyle
Productivity
Food & Drink
Social Networking
Business
Entertainment
News
Utilities
Weather
Navigation
Finance
Medical
Reference
Catalogues
Books
Newsstand
Games
Kids