iPhone 5 To Feature Passbook and Facetime Apps?
It’s not at all farfetched to call Apple the “Greta Garbo of the tech world” – under the leadership of Steve Jobs and later on, Tim Cook. The Cupertino, CA innovators have been known for keeping their projects heavily under wraps. It looks like they’ve become even more reclusive, following several leaked images of a purported new iPhone posted by one of their Asian suppliers.
But that doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait interminably for the new iPhone, aka the iPhone 5. Apple announced iOS 6 at this year’s WWDC, and it’s almost a given that the iPhone 5 will run on this new operating system.
Some of the new features that users can expect include Facebook integration, Apple’s 3D mapping application, Passbook and Facetime. We’ve heard a great deal about Apple’s new Google Maps-like app and Facebook integration, so we’ll take a quick look at the latter two features and what users can expect from them.
Passbook is a service that could possibly prove to be very lucrative for Apple and very convenient for the average iPhone user. Essentially, Passbook would allow users to use their iPhone or iPod Touch to perform a variety of actions, such as checking into a hotel, checking concert seat locations or checking the expiry date on vouchers. This covers users’ purchases outside of apps and music, and may be a sign that the iPhone 5 will support NFC technology, which works in a similar way.
Facetime, on the other hand, facilitates video chats with friends and family, making use of a carrier’s data plan. We’re thinking that this may soon be supported by 4G LTE, which is one of those features many potential iPhone buyers are expecting.
Apple may be ramping up on its security and privacy policies, but as you can see, the new iPhone rumors are continuing unabated. We’ll continue updating you on the latest iPhone 5 stories as they come – and there will be much more to come.