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Tomorrow is a pretty big day for fans of the iPhone, and if the rumors are true it’s the big reveal of the next generation of the mobile device—along with other Apple products as well. Some are preparing by ditching their current generation phones on Craigslist or eBay in order to raise some funds for the latest and greatest in iTechnology, but there are others—like some airlines—burning the midnight oil in preparation for the launch.
Part of tomorrow’s announcement is expected to be the arrival of iOS 6, which is pretty much what makes everything from the iPhone to the iPad tick. One of the new features is going to be something called Passbook, and if all goes according to plan this will be some sort of digital wallet for everything from tickets and coupons to loyalty cards. This also might just include access to airline reservations, ticketing details, and other travel tidbits—and that’s where American Airlines and Delta come in.
It’s kind of like the timeless airline debate—window or aisle—but when it comes to mobile technology; Apple or Android can cause some serious discussion. In case you missed the big Apple shindig a couple weeks ago, there’s all kind of new technology heading down the portable pipeline. However, the big news for travelers is that Apple is getting into the mobile mapping business, and that means that they’re ditching Google Maps as the default option for their iPhones, iPads, iPods, and pretty much everything else.
Of course like with any Apple product there’s all kinds of secrets, so we’ll have to wait to get the new maps into our hot little hands before we can give a full review. However, Apple has been gobbling up other smaller companies and licensing technology. We wouldn’t be surprised to see three-dimensional flyovers, turn-by-turn directions, traffic updates, and maybe even some other tech tidbits. One thing that we are sure about, is that there’s going to be some pretty decent integration with existing apps and the iOS software as a whole.
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While flying certainly can still be done without an iPad, the little gadget is seriously making life easier for the thousands of pilots already given them to aid in navigation and flight planning. We know that American Airlines and British Airways are passing out the pads, but it's United who has partnered up with Apple to show exactly how the whole aviation + mobile tech thing works.
The beautiful video:
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We never thought we'd ever say this, but each time we've traveled through Terminal D at New York-LaGuardia Airport, we like it a little bit more. And to think we used to avoid it as much as possible; kidding, we're still going to avoid it but maybe not so stubbornly.
Here is a prime reason why: iPad-equipped individual workstations near a few of the gates, all part of the OTG Management renovations. We sat and toyed with one of the iPads, checked out the plugs (4 USBs and 2 outlets) and discovered that the iPads not only access the Delta website, but also The Weather Channel, WebMD, a selection of games and Google Earth.
We've updated our gallery of the renovations with shots of said iPad, plus the official photos from OTG. Happy flying!
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Whoa whoa whoa. We're not even a week into the new year and already stories of stupid travel happenings are hitting the news. The latest? Oh, just that some guy from Montreal managed to cross over the US border by producing not his physical passport, but a scan of his passport displayed on his iPad.
Look, we love iPads as much as (maybe more so?) the next tech-happy traveler, but we draw the line at two things: using the iPad as your main camera and using it as your primary form of ID. Martin Reisch violated the latter when he and his friends drove into Vermont and the border patrol okay-ed him.
Here's what went down, according to the CBC:
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...it's like being on The Oprah show when she gives away her favorite things.
Back in early 2010, we brought you the story of iPads being launched as in-flight entertainment options; it just took a while for plans to come to fruition. This week, our friends "down under" at Jetstar actually came through and rolled out new in-flight entertainment options. The LCC is now offering passengers in all cabins the option to rent an iPad on flights from Oz to New Zealand, plus other short-haul internationals. Eventual roll-out across the whole domestic network is in the works.
This is the first time iPads have been offered in the short-haul economy cabin and, frankly, this really makes us super giddy. The rental cost of $10-15 AUD (depending on flight duration) isn't too bad either, considering the entertainment options. Each device is preloaded with TV shows, new release movies and music with a line-up of the hottest games *ahem Angry Birds*, e-mags and e-books.
It's not secret that cruise ships in these modern times are equipped with interneteven with WiFi in staterooms. What is a secret are the exorbitant rates you'll be paying to access it, as the network is satellite-based and designed to even reach you in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
We've touched on at-sea WiFi before, but things have changed in a year and a half since. Now the focus is not so much on the high rates as the unexpected high quality of the ship's tech setup and computer terminals. If you didn't bring your laptop or iPad to sea, chances are you'll be just as surrounded by comfort and luxury in the computer lounge as you'd be in your room.
We hopped onboard the Crystal Cruises ship Crystal Symphony for some snooping earlier this week while the ship was at dock in New York City, and were struck by the fact that this ship is not a PC; it's a Mac!
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Boeing is now recommending that airlines switch to computer-based navigation charts, maps, and other trajectory tidbits, and that they utilize current electronic options available for the iPad. Jeppesen makes the app—conveniently they’re part of Boeing—and they will soon be offering these pilot friendly products in an Android flavor too. What's happening might not allow for in-flight Angry Birds for passengers sitting in the back, but it will allow pilots to ditch some of their heavy paper products.
Steve Jobs was a genius, a consummate innovator, a visionary and...a tourist who bought souvenirs. Despite the fact he's responsible for awesome travel tools like the iPhone, iPad, Macbook Airs and whatnot, our minds keep returning to a story from a year ago, when after being grounded because of his health for some time, Jobs again hit the skies in his private Gulfstream V and causes a small ruckus in Japan. Here's how that went:
Japanese magazine Spa! reported that back in July 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs attempted to board his private plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka for a return to the United States after a family vacation in Kyoto. All was well until...airport security discovered ninja throwing stars in Jobs' luggage, and would not allow him to take them home...yes, even aboard his private plane.
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Alright. You're disappointed that there's no iPhone 5 announced today. We are totally bummed as well, but still there's a few things to celebrate with the iPhone 4S, and more than a few things that'll prove useful for frequent travelers who rely on their iPhones. Let's take a look at the new, travel-friendly features:
· The Camera. The 4S will boast an 8 megapixel camera. In case you're wondering how that compares to previous models, the 3GS has 3.2 megapixels and the iPhone 4 only 5 megapixels. The 4S represents a huge gain in megapixels and, therefore, image quality. This should do wonder for your Instagram shots, the snaps you email right away from the road, and anything on the fly. Pair this with the 4S' faster shutter, face detection technology, auto-white balance and f2.4 lens to let in more light and you've got a great camera in your palm.
· The Video. Sure, the iPhone 4 shoots HD video, but the iPhone 4S will shoot true 1080p HD video with image stabilization and temporal noise reduction. You can forget the Flip cameras and ignore the film function on crappy point-and-shoots for this. Shoot video postcards to instantly email home, capture panoramas in HD, or record and entire mini video record of your trip.
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According to the airline,
The iPad lets crew quickly identify where each customer is seated, who they are traveling with, their Executive Club status and any special meal requests. It gives cabin crew a whole library of information at their fingertips including timetables, safety manuals and customer service updates. It also means any issues can be logged with ground-based colleagues around the network prior to departure so solutions can be delivered while the flight is airborne.
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We already knew that Alaska Airlines was working on ditching flight bags for its pilots in favor of iPads in the cockpit—assuming no Facebook, Twitter, or Angry Birds of course. Now it looks like American Airlines is the next carrier to start thinking about electronic flight manuals in the front of the plane.
American has already begun to hand out the tablet computers to some pilots, as they’re thinking that they can save over a million bucks per year by just removing all the paperwork from the flight deck. It probably also improves employee morale—if ever so slightly—as it’s just one less thing that pilots have to lug back and forth between flights and across airports. Apparently flight bags can weigh as much as 35 pounds, so it’s going to save a little bit on gas as well—every little bit helps.