1. Michael Essany's Avatar



    The flurry of patents coming down the line from Apple is providing interesting insights into what Cupertino has on the horizon for developing new platforms, services, and functions for the ubiquitous mobile devices that may already exert more influence on our lives than we presently realize. And, while Apple is usually ahead of the tech curve rather than behind it, there is one aspect of burgeoning mobile conveniences that Apple is finally starting to play catch-up with.

    Our friends at Patently Apple reveal that Apple is gunning for the electronic concert and event ticket business. A patent application foreshadows a new platform called "Concert Ticket +." While electronic tickets, coupons, and other scanable admission passes are far from groundbreaking, Apple is looking to take a minuscule trend and transform it unto a universally accepted norm.

    In a nutshell, "Concert Ticket +" lets you easily, efficiently, and securely buy tickets to a sporting or music event on your iPhone, for example, and then use your iPhone as the eTicket needed to gain admission to the event in question. Taking the platform further, however, the eTicket platform could also potentially be used for purchasing event souvenirs, refreshments, redeeming backstage passes, etc. The possibilities, in effect, are endless. How is this possible? The eTickets, naturally, would work with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

    While Patently Apple envisions a time when e-Tickets are used for everything from wedding invitations to amusement park passes, we still have a long way to go before electronic tickets are widely embraced by the public. Of course, we're bound to get there eventually and Apple knows it. Needless to say, that explains why Apple is locking down what it hopes will become the hottest conduit for electronic ticketing in the future.

    Image via Patently Apple
    2010-04-18 09:01 PM
  2. iphone8130hak's Avatar
    That is sweet
    Keithsta
    2010-04-18 09:37 PM
  3. carolinamic's Avatar
    Anutha thing that apple is trying to play catch up on.
    2010-04-18 09:37 PM
  4. waheedtarin's Avatar
    Imagine a hack for this then free concerts can't wait
    2010-04-18 09:50 PM
  5. jdys_1991's Avatar
    Anutha thing that apple is trying to play catch up on.
    You should learn to spell, gawwwwwwwwwwwwwwd!

    Not a bad idea, once it comes out and is working..
    2010-04-18 09:50 PM
  6. faschierbasis's Avatar
    Sounds good!!
    2010-04-18 10:56 PM
  7. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
    Yawn! Another patent article and in which the patent will not come true for the next 10 years.

    MBP 15" 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo Nvidia 9400M 9600GT 256MB OS X 10.6.4 Windows 7 June 2009
    iPhone 4 August 28th
    2010-04-18 11:07 PM
  8. Luppin's Avatar
    Airline companies have been doing this for how long?
    2010-04-18 11:10 PM
  9. youngbrammer's Avatar
    Airline companies have been doing this for how long?
    Yeah, they had a news segment a few months back about some companies testing it out.
    2010-04-18 11:47 PM
  10. sziklassy's Avatar
    I want to see something where credit card or gift card data can be stored on the phone and then just be scanned by some sort of reader. That would be so much more convenient. I know I for one am far more likely to lose my keys or my wallet than my phone!
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2010-04-19 12:46 AM
  11. mortopher's Avatar
    I want to see something where credit card or gift card data can be stored on the phone and then just be scanned by some sort of reader. That would be so much more convenient. I know I for one am far more likely to lose my keys or my wallet than my phone!
    Japan's had that capability in their cell phone for a few years now. [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FeliCa"]FeliCa[/ame]
    2010-04-19 01:35 AM
  12. sziklassy's Avatar
    Japan's had that capability in their cell phone for a few years now. FeliCa
    Well then, it's time we get with the times!
    I know Starbucks is testing something similar with their iPhone app at a select few stores. Would be wonderful to see this go mainstream. I already don't pay with cash EVER, how nice would it be to not have to carry around credit cards either!?
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2010-04-19 05:58 AM
  13. tkawika's Avatar
    Is this similar to the technology in Japan? I believe they use RFID to buy and pay for everything. From my understanding, the iPhone isnt as popular as it could be because it doesnt have this feature. Carriers are giving iPhones away for free in Japan. I think they are CDMA phones too..
    2010-04-19 09:41 AM
  14. sphangman's Avatar
    good luck scanning those barcodes, haven't got mine to work yet..
    2010-04-19 04:05 PM
  15. ceramicwhite's Avatar
    kind of ridiculous and what if you're iPhone dies before you get to the event. I just got back from coachella and trust id be pissed if i had to carry my iPhone around, i broke mine while i was sweating in the tent(LCD Backlight). Coachella did use wristband with microchips the scanned with blackberry's.
    2010-04-20 08:24 AM
  16. geenadavis's Avatar
    Thank you for bringing a well thought out and reasoned comment to the discussion.

    List Easy
    2010-05-27 07:39 AM
  17. airjacobs's Avatar
    It's sweet. Is this similar to the technology in Japan? I want to see something where credit card data can be stored on the phone and then just be scanned by some sort of reader.
    2010-07-07 09:08 AM
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