Apple Confirms In-Flight iPod Integration with Airlines

Apple is working with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod and in-flight entertainment systems. The company announced its move today, adding that the six airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections which power and charge their iPods during their flight - and also allow video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat-back displays.

"There is no better travelling companion than an iPod, and now travellers can power their iPods during flight and even watch their iPod movies and TV shows on their seat back displays," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing. In-flight iPod connectivity will be available to Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United passengers beginning in mid-2007.

Apple also said that the company is working with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to introduce iPod connectivity to more airlines in the future.

News source: Macworld UK

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Apple will probably make a iSmell thing that has a little smell measureing thing and uses a little spray can in the top, that looks like an iTrip. That sorts the issue out completely.

Alright, I've had it! I own an iPod, but I am getting fed up with all the hype of it. When the ads are there, it glorifies it. But when you have it, while it's nice, you are like, "So what?" Why not instead have a basic socket (according to the country) in the plane, so you can plug whatever through it, instead of wasting a bunch of money on an item that will be outdated anytime soon?

Quote - Neomac v6 said @ #12.1
iPod outdated soon? There's about as much chance of that as of Windows losing its dominance anytime soon.
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Not quite. If Apple changes the connector, people will be screwed over for at least 10 years. I fly to Europe every summer, and always get planes from late 80's/early 90's. I can only imagine how funny it would be in 10 years when everyone is wonder wtf that socket does beside the seat.

Which is why they standardized the dock and have pledged to not change it: it can support video, audio, power, data, and several other needs. It will not change.

Quote - zivan56 said @ #12.2
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Not quite. If Apple changes the connector, people will be screwed over for at least 10 years. I fly to Europe every summer, and always get planes from late 80's/early 90's. I can only imagine how funny it would be in 10 years when everyone is wonder wtf that socket does beside the seat.

Well, planes can be updated too. In yesterdays news paper (Telegraaf, in the Netherlands) there is a huge backside advertorial previewing a checklist of changes to KLM airplanes for business travelers. It mentiones things like new chairs, new carpeting, new LCD screens, new Personal Audio & Videosystem among other things.

The new personal audio & videosystem is availble in some airplanes in economy class too.

No mention of a specific IPOD connector, might be part of that new audio & videosystem.

Thats nice. But I fly on the major airlines (Air Canada, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, British Airways) and they all regularly use decrepit airplanes.

thats what i was thinking just add usb ports to the chairs......smaller and support for other mp3 players.
they could also put somethin like a plug socket since most mp3 players come with 'wall chargers' as well.

Good news to my ears Next time I fly over the UK i'll be able to watch something good w/o worry of the batt about to die.

yeah, kinda dumb (limiting this to ipods)

However.... what if terrorirsts starting building BOMBS and hiding them inside their ipods???

or worse.. what if people who wanted to bring liquids on planes hidden inside a case that looked like an ipod, where the liquid could come out the headphone jack...!

I just hope the connector won't be limited only to an iPod. Hopefully the system will accept a video feed from any PMP device.

Not being a sheep in the Apple flock, I don't want to be SOL if I want to plug in my Archos.

Since it handles power and video it probably does use the Apple dock.

You were already SOL when you chose to own the Archos.

Quote - dp123 said @ #6.1
Since it handles power and video it probably does use the Apple dock.

You were already SOL when you chose to own the Archos.


Just as everyone should own Windows to avoid problems? That doesn't sound fair does it?

I'm a MS fanboy, but I know that everyone should have a choice in what they use... and that includes PMPs. The iPod is not the best player by far, but it does have a monopoly.

“There is no better travelling companion than an iPod"

LMAO...Maybe for Steve Jobs. Me, I prefer to travel with a friend. You know, a real live person.

But to each their own.

They have a big monopoly over the MP3 world, what else...? The computer world maybe?
Your "a fanboy would say that" comments are quite annoying

As for the topic, I'd agree more if the plug was universal - aka used in all mp3 players. The problem is, every mp3 player uses different plugs, so my idea is impossible.... Oh well. It's quite universal knowing that the iPod's market share is insanely high.