Passbook, Siri and iO6: The three musketeers of Apple?
No two Chief Executives working style can be similar (or rarely can be) and the same is with Tim Cook and late Steve Jobs. The difference is the astoundingly clandestine act of Cook at times. The act of displaying things without even the slightest hint or rumor prior to the recently held WWDC 2012 Keynote. We are referring to the Apple maps which would replace Google maps.
Another app called Passbook was announced which is some sort of digital folder for electronic tickets, such as boarding passes, movie tickets and even your Starbucks cards. And using the Apple maps which is integrated with Passbook , the app will know where you are, pulling up your movie ticket when you arrive at the theater. Tim Cook also made a point to mention Apple has 400 million accounts, each with a registered credit card. These Apple ID accounts are the only way to register new devices and make purchases through either store, allowing every user the ability to give Apple their money by simply tapping a button and typing in a password.
But coming back to the levels of secrecy, Apple didn’t show an inch of the new iPhone; apart from the new OS iOS6. But not the major functionalities and how these would be affect the iPhone in the pipeline. Analaysts are predicting the Passbook should work with the help of Near Field communication (NFC), something Google tried for the e-wallet (something which is pretty unstable as of now and that’s a whole new discussion).
And ther long forgotten Siri; there has been some improvements too. But those would be better understood with the use of the new iPhone. Nothing much demonstrated.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 also features; S-voice like Siri, Google maps like Apple maps, Google e-wallet like Passbook. S-Voice while launch did have some problems but those are said to be rectified now. Siri has had some major problems in it’s functionality, I must say, with a lawsuit offered by a New Yorker.
Until now, peope were probably contended with rumors of a 4-inch screen for the new iPhone. This Passbook; if it clicks can alone be major hindrance to the Galaxy S3; taking a whole new mode of mobile payments and with a very high of convenience. A lot of issues with Google e-wallet has still not being take care of; most importantly on the. Somehow, Google is ignorant of the e-wallet thing just like Apple was with Siri from quite sometime.