Update | Virgin Australia's Passbook mobile boarding passes will go live this week with the debut of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.
Previous | Virgin Australia, American Airlines, United and Delta are first off the mark to confirm their mobile boarding passes will work with Apple's Passbook app being built into iOS 6, which will be released this month along with the debut of the iPhone 5.
Passbook, as we've previously detailed, stores digital versions of boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards.
AusBT reader Shaun Lorrain checked in for a Virgin Australia flight using the airline's mobile website on his iPhone, which is running a developer preview edition of iOS 6 – and this is what he saw.
Yes, iOS 6 detected the mobile checkin and offered to save the boarding pass into Shaun's Passbook account.
Passbook also offers live updates to these e-passes, such as flight delays and changes to the airport boarding gate.
Delta's Passbook support was showcased during Apple's launch presentation for the iPhone 5, and American Airlines has also confirmed it will upgrade its iPhone app to be Passbook-friendly.
United Airlines has already committed to supporting Passbook with its own mobile boarding passes.
Where to from here? We think that Passbook could prove to be the first step towards Apple's all-encompassing iTravel ecosystem, which Apple hopes will one day transform the travel industry the way Apple’s iTunes Store did the music industry.
While Apple has not publicly discussed iTravel, dozens of mock-up screens like the one above were revealed in Apple's submissions to the US Patent & Trademark Office.
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