The iPhone revolutionized many aspects of our lives. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, the phone you have exists in its current form thanks to that first iPhone from 10 years ago. A decade ago, my Treo 700P could not be trusted to handle something as simple as my boarding pass! I had to print my pass, and if the signal was weak, I was out of luck since it did not take advantage of Wi-Fi. In short, upgrading to an iPhone was like switching from a black and white tv to HD.
About a week ago, I had to buy a ticket in a hurry, and in a matter of 1 minute I was emailing the confirmed ticket! During pre-iPhone times, buying a ticket via mobile was all, but seamless. I have been an iPhone user/fan since the iPhone 3G. I remember I did not get the first iPhone thanks to my then onerous contract and the fact that I was hesitant about AT&T/Cingular.
Today the iPhone and its many great and in some instances not so great apps help me take control of my travel experience. It’s easy to take for granted that we know have access to some of the best up to the minute, hyper local weather information, there’s no need to guess how the weather will be at our destination.
I can use my iPhone to plan every aspect of my vacation. When my office buys my next airline ticket and hotel stay, I don’t even have to check my email because the respective apps automatically get updated with my travel confirmations. I check-in for my flight effortlessly using my iPhone.
Getting to the airport has never been easier than using a ride-sharing app. If my flight is delayed or there is a change of gate, there are several apps that will come to the rescue and let me know how long I’ll have to wait or where to go. At the airport, I can use my phone to buy coffee, enter a lounge, go through the TSA Pre✔️ line and finally board the plane. On the plane, I can use my iPhone home to watch movies, read articles, books, PDFs or other documents. I can listen to audiobooks, music or podcasts. I can also take a moment to write. At arrival, I could use an app to track my checked bags, find out at what carousel to get my bag.
My hotel app allows me to request early check-in/out, extra towels, water, coffee/tea; iOS charger, etc. At a growing number of hotels my iPhone becomes my room key. I can also access the hotel concierge or the Amex one using an app. If I don’t need reservations, Yelp/TripAdvisor help me decide what my best option will be. When I travel for business, I only take my iPhone, even my compact Panasonic Lumix LX10 stays behind. I’m glad there is competition that forces Apple to continue to improve and vice versa. I know my iPhone 7 Plus is perfectly fine, but like many I can’t wait to get my hands on the iPhone X (256GB of course) as soon as I can!