FlightTrack Pro app automatically uploads flight data to your iPhone
By Philip Michaels, Macworld
I’ve spent the past week or so testing a slew of flight tracking applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. One common thread among all the apps I’ve tested—good, bad, and indifferent—is that they require some degree of data entry, whether it’s a flight number, destination, airline, or day of travel (or some combination of all those data points).
The $10 FlightTrack Pro actually made its App Store debut last week, with Appropos only touting its features now. Kazez says the motivation for releasing a pro version of FlightTrack came from travelers who had requested an easier way to manage flight itineraries.
Here’s how FlightTrack Pro works. You forward your airline confirmation e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org, which sends all the relevant data to the FlightTrack Pro app on your iPhone or iPod touch. FlightTrack Pro can then provide real-time flight cancellations, delays, gate changes, route maps, and 10-day weather forecasts. The service does require you to register with TripIt, though registration is free.
In addition, FlightTrack Pro contains information about arrival and departure airports, aimed at helping you navigate unfamiliar settings. “Airports are such chaotic environments,” Kazez said. “You really don’t need that chaos on your phone.”
Appropos continues to offer the $5 FlightTrack on the App Store. Kazez says the original app is aimed at all travelers while the new pro version is ideal for frequent flyers and business travelers. Both apps work on any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 2.1 software update.
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