Air New Zealand To Launch Apple Watch App

10 March 2015

Today marks one month until the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order, meaning die-hard early adopters and brand ambassadors will probably be pitching their tents outside Apple Stores any day now.

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's address in San Francisco where he teased tech-heads with details about the much hyped device, Air New Zealand has announced plans for their own Apple Watch app.

The app will allow Air New Zealand customers to receive their electronic boarding pass as well as flight notifications, a departure countdown, boarding calls, and even awards the ability to order barista-made coffee for those with lounge access.

According to Julia Raue, Air New Zealand's Chief Information Officer, the airline's in-house developers visited Apple in California during the development of the app.

“We are continually looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and digital plays a key role in this," says Julia. "Our new Apple Watch app will allow us to provide real time flight updates to our customers in a unique way."

Air New Zealand expects their updated iPhone and new Apple Watch app to coincide with the release of the Apple Watch, will be available for general purchase on April 24.

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Said to be the 'most personal product' Apple has released to date, the Apple Watch - like most Apple devices - is more than simply a timepiece. After all, what other watch has to be charged every night?

While it keeps time within 50 milliseconds, the Apple Watch is also a messaging device, a fitness tracker, and, perhaps most importantly of all, a fashion statement. The Apple Watch will be available in three collections: Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition.

The cases range from resilient stainless steel to 18-carat gold, with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal faces and a wide array of colourful, sleek and stylish bands made from both soft leathers and flexible fluoroelastomer. The pricetag? Surprisingly bearable, with the sports model available for around $499.

Beyond receiving flight information and boarding calls, the Apple Watch even allows you to send your heartbeat to your bae - a move that makes the Facebook 'poke' seem almost Neanderthalic.

Ashton Rigg

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