As Apple is scheduled to release the newest operating system known as iOS 6.0 on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, several major airlines will soon integrate Apple Passbook into their networks. Although some airlines have introduced their own mobile app to be used as boarding passes, however, Apple Passbook will have more features and can store boarding passes, frequent flyer cards, retail discount coupons, movie tickets, loyalty cards, and others.
An initial test of Apple Passbook occurred in a Virgin Australia flight. Australian Business Traveler cited a local traveler who posted several screenshots of the boarding pass. The traveler has an Apple iPhone running on a developer preview edition of iOS 6.
In order to take advantages of Apple Passbook, major airlines in America, including Delta, American Airlines, and United, will allow passengers to carry mobile boarding passes and will replace the traditional printed boarding passes. At airport gates for airlines, authorities will be able to scan passengers’ iPhone, iPad, or iPod, as those mobile devices will be the official boarding passes.
(Image: Apple iOS 6.0 Passbook)