Traveling with Apple tech: What soars, what falls flat

Travel has a means of opening your eyes to new potentialities. For the final three weeks, I’ve been away from residence, spending time in just a few European international locations. During this journey, I discovered myself serious about the totally different ways in which we use know-how after we’re outdoors of our each day routine, and the way it brings to mild not solely issues that work properly, but in addition the areas the place there’s nonetheless a good quantity of friction.

As I’ve been making the rounds, I’ve made word of some locations the place I feel Apple applied sciences have labored notably properly, in addition to the place there’s some room for enchancment.

Contactless funds

If this journey has drilled residence one factor, it’s that contactless funds are king. Apple Pay has been a godsend—it’s even simpler than digging out your card and fumbling with an unfamiliar system. It’s clearer than ever that digital funds are the best way of the longer term and, if something, it’s a future the place the U.S. remains to be lagging behind.

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Contactless funds in Europe is quick, however Apple Pay lags in just a few areas.

Contactless funds in Europe is way sooner than their counterparts again within the States, the place it may typically really feel like a bolt-on to the present system. And the reader {hardware} is way extra ubiquitous in locations just like the U.Okay. Even out in the course of a climbing journey in a nationwide park, the native tea store was very happy to take cost by way of our telephones.

That stated, one space the place Apple Pay lags behind a few of its rivals is the sluggish rollout of Apple Cash and the lack to switch funds between individuals from totally different international locations. If I wish to pay again my Scottish pal for being good sufficient to purchase me a SIM card, I nonetheless must fall again to providers like PayPal and Venmo—or time-honored traditions like shopping for them dinner. Apple Cash has rapidly turn out to be my default strategy to alternate cash with pals (or, at the least, these on the Apple platform). It’s a disgrace it’s not obtainable extra broadly.

SIM world

This journey was my first alternative to journey outdoors the U.S. with a telephone that helps twin SIMs, and it’s been an actual win. Earlier this 12 months I transformed my iPhone XS’s fundamental AT&T quantity to an eSIM, which freed up the SIM slot for touring. And due to U.Okay. supplier Three, I used to be capable of purchase one SIM which labored for all of my European journey wants.

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Dual SIM mode in iOS may be very helpful whereas touring.

Even higher, the Dual SIM mode in iOS means that you could nonetheless use your unique telephone quantity for iMessage and FaceTime even whereas utilizing your journey SIM for information. That solves an enormous headache, as anyone who’s ever swapped SIMs is aware of; since these options nonetheless tie in to your telephone quantity, you could possibly probably miss out on messages and calls from individuals who solely have your normal telephone quantity. (The Dual SIM function additionally means you continue to get SMS texts to your major telephone quantity as properly, that are thankfully typically free to obtain whereas abroad.)

I’ll say, although, that I discovered…

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