Apple gets into the airline business

Apple is keen to get into the travel business according to a recently discovered patent application.

Unearthed by the ever-vigilant Patently Apple, the application relates to a forthcoming iPhone App unsurprisingly called iTravel.

The report posits that Apple is currently working with major airlines to develop a new ticketless check-in system, but the software will also help users to book flights, buses and trains as well as hotels and car hire.

The App would use near field communication, possibly RFID or Blue-tooth, to prevent passengers from having to produce pre-printed tickets and boarding passes.

The iPhone's camera could also be used to 'scan' paper documents and ID using barcodes.