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TALKING POINT | The new Apple Watch will arrive in stores and on wrists in March 2015, and among its high-tech tricks will be serving as an airline boarding pass and unlocking your room at Starwood hotels.
Apple's smartwatch joins the cavalcade of 'wristwear' from Sony, Samsung, Motorola and LG, but the US$349 gadget already boasts some features specifically targeted at travellers.
We’ve already seen sneak peeks of Watch apps from American Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa which keep track of your frequent flyer account, your flights and even your boarding passes:
That’s similar to the Passbook feature already available on the current breed of iPhones and used by both Qantas and Virgin Australia for mobile boarding:
The Apple Watch Starwood Preferred Guest app will also double as your room key at most Starwood properties including Sheraton, Westin, and W Hotels:
(Note that Hilton Hotels also plans to introduce mobile phone room keys across most of its hotels worldwide by the end of 2016.)
But are these apps – or indeed, any of the Apple Watch's features – enough to sway you?
Does the promise of wrist-worn boarding passes and hotel room keys tempt you to buy an Apple Watch, or are you happy with a conventional watch on your wrist and a smartphone in your pocket?
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