With big tech announcements being made today at the World Wide Developers Conference 2012, many have spent their afternoon with their eyes turned to tech blogs, in an attempt to stay on top of all the nifty new things that their iDevices are going to be able to do in the near future. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage to deliver the company’s keynote speech, which revealed a whole host of new Apple products, some of which might even have an impact on how you plan your trips to the movie theater in the future.
The first announcement that has implications for movie fans was the revelation that iOS’s disembodied personal assistant Siri will have added functionality once you update your Apple-made mobile devices to iOS 6. Mashable reports that a new partnership with Rotten Tomatoes will allow you to ask your iPhone or iPad questions like when and where a movie is playing, how it’s performed with critics, and how long it lasts. If you’re still undecided on what you want to see you can even ask your device to play the trailer. Or, if you’re not even certain what the name of the movie that you want to see is, you can ask it to search for the new movie with a certain actor. Just imagine the possibilities. In a matter of months there may be teenagers all over the world speaking into their phones and saying things like, “Siri, buy me 2 tickets to that new movie where Taylor Lautner takes his shirt off.” It’s truly a fantastic time to be alive.
The other announcement that has movie-going implications is the announcement of a new app called Passbook. In their coverage of the event, Engadget explains the app as being a place to store all of your online tickets. Whether it’s a Starbucks gift card, an online boarding pass from an airline, or a movie ticket that you’ve bought from Fandango, these tickets, complete with scannable QR codes, will show up in your Passbook app. What this means is if you show up to something like a concert or, say, the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, you won’t have to fumble around in your emails in order to bring up a copy of your ticket. It’s going to be right in Passbook, and, even better, the app is going to be GPS-enabled so it will pop right up automatically when you reach your destination. Getting to an event and realizing that you left the tickets at home on your kitchen counter might have been a thing of the past already, but now it’s…really a thing of the past. You don’t even have to click on a couple of virtual buttons to find your ticket anymore!
Probably we’ve just got a couple of years now until we’re all disgusting globs of humanity floating around in hover chairs and slurping Big-Gulps like in Wall-E. The future is now.
Very cool graphic via Gizmodo