Traveling with watch is intuitive

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mark34, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. mark34 macrumors 6502a

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    The whole concept of Passbook and Apple Pay is just far more convenient and intuitive on the watch than on the phone. It has felt cool, but somewhat gimmicky for me in the past to use those services on my iPhone, since once I pull out my phone I really could just as easily have grabbed my wallet. On the watch it really makes sense and is super easy.

    I just went on my first short trip since owning the watch. I used the watch for the entire flying process; security and gate. It worked perfectly and easily. I also have my AAA card in Passbook on my watch for those times when hotels ask to see it for the AAA rate. Apple Pay is far more useful on a watch device as it seems to work better, you can feel the feedback, and you aren't fumbling for another device. I continue to find many shops and stores where it works, but it's far from everywhere. I do think one of my favorite applications for Apple Pay is vending machines. Grabbing waters without thinking about change or anything is pretty cool.

    OK, nothing new here, but I really do believe that travel is one of the killer apps. Travel and exercise. I am enjoying the Watch more and more.
     
  2. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Never knew I could add my AAA membership to passbook. Thank you for that.
     
  3. Böhme417 macrumors 6502

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    I remember when I first used my phone to show my AAA "card." The response I got was, "I need to see your card. That's not a real AAA card." Thankfully, I don't get that reaction any more. (Most of the time you mention a AAA discount, you'll get it without them even asking to see your card.)

    Back on topic, I actually find using passbook passes less convenient on the watch. My passes are set to show up automatically on my phone lock screen, which means a button press and a swipe to display them. Apple Watch: flick your wrist a few times to turn it on... nope. Press the screen to turn it on. Swipe down. Scroll to get the useful part of the pass displayed. Contort your wrist to scan. :-/

    Not to mention, it's going to get even more convenient to access passbook/wallet in iOS 9 with the home button double-click on the lock screen. Hopefully, they'll also make the watch passes a little smoother.
     
  4. mark34 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. The relevant passbook item is always just a down swipe and tap away on the watch. Also the bar fills the screen, stays on brighter and more consistent. Just my experience. Honestly it's pretty damn convenient on both.
     
  5. vincent_007 macrumors member

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    That's true. After you pulled it down, it is super convenient if you are on a flight to tap on the ticket and it will immediately scroll down to the ticket/barcode.

    I love this feature!
     
  6. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    I'm enjoying Passbook on the watch, doesn't work everywhere yet. My watch won't scan at Dunkin Donuts but my phone does, very odd.
     
  7. JoeTomasone macrumors 6502

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    My first trip with Watch was easy. It was on Southwest - just bring up the pass, scan, and go.

    This week, on Delta, not so much. The boarding pass scanner wants things face down. Guess what Watch does when you invert it? Right - it shuts the display off.

    Filed a report with Apple; hopefully they can fix that.
     
  8. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I was able to board an international flight simply by scanning my watch at the gate. It worked for TSA too. I could then show my seat number to the steward on the aircraft to get shown to my row. How cool is that?
     
  9. patrickpiteo macrumors member

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    Flew delta today just turned my wrist around they scanned it and I was on my way..
     
  10. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting.

    I think a vast majority of the delta scanners are face up. Some of them have a very small opening and I was wondering if it would even be possible to get your wrist in.

    The TSA scanners are almost all face down so will exhibit the same problem. Sounds like flight passes need to
    keep the screen on until manually shut off.
     
  11. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    What does this mean? If the scanner reads from below, it doesn't matter which way you rotate your wrist. The display will be off, yes?
     
  12. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Unlike certain companies I won't mention here, Apple actually TESTS this stuff. The display on my watch remained ON while it was being scanned as my boarding pass regardless of the orientation of my arm.
     
  13. LIOC macrumors member

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    I use my watch at Dunkin Donuts all the time.
     
  14. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I've tried it at 3 locations and they all have had issues. I'll keep at it, I find the watch so convenient.
     
  15. patrickpiteo macrumors member

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    Yes worked great on two delta flights I turned my wrist place to the scanner the display stood on and I was on my way.
     
  16. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Great to know you two. Thanks.

    I've got about 100k miles in flights over next six weeks. Am ready to use the watch and stop the phone fumbling!
     
  17. JoeTomasone macrumors 6502

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    Huh. Mine turned the display off on me twice; I was starting to really hold things up.

    I just tried it with a loyalty card and it stayed on.

    I'll have to try it again next time. Temporary watch brain-fart?
     
  18. K4LK macrumors 6502

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    How did you add AAA card to Passbook?
     
  19. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Just tested boarding with the Delta app.

    If you are looking at your boarding pass and scroll down with digital crown so the barcode is visible, the watch display stays on.

    It's great not to have to fumble with your phone, it's stashed away in my bag. A thing of beauty.
     
  20. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    That's very good to hear. It will make me consider buying the next generation of the Apple Watch :)
     
  21. patrickpiteo macrumors member

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    Yup exactly how I did it..
     
  22. LIOC macrumors member

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    This is true with all passbook QR and Bar codes. You use the crown or just flick the screen up.

    It also sets the screen to the brightest level to help with it being read.
     
  23. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    We're still waiting for Apple Pay in Canada but I have used passbook on my Watch for boarding passes, membership check in at the gym and I did put a Starbuck's prepaid card in there too.
     
  24. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Don't go to Dunkin Donuts all the time. Please.
     
  25. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

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    You can just tap the display after you invert it but I agree it should stay on automatically for like 15 sec.
     

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