Apple’s virtual assistant Siri became a bit of a movie buff in iOS 6, thanks to some helpful Rotten Tomatoes integration to display showtime information. And Siri’s getting even better in iOS 6.1 — soon it will be able to purchase your movie tickets, reports 9to5Mac.
Developers currently testing out iOS 6.1 tell the site that Siri accepts commands for buying movie tickets, like “Buy four tickets to Cloud Atlas nearby tonight.” (Seriously, if you like movies, go see Cloud Atlas.) Once Siri pulls up the relevant showing information, you can click a button to buy the tickets, after which you’ll be sent to the Fandango app to complete the purchase. If you don’t have the Fandango app, you’ll be directed to install it.
Currently, Siri is only accepting ticket purchases via Fandango, which leaves out plenty of movie theaters that handle ticketing through Flixster’s app (which also owns Rotten Tomatoes). Since Apple already has a deal with Rotten Tomatoes for movie times though, I suspect Flixster integration is coming along as well.
If Apple does manage to land both online ticketing services, then it could end up being more convenient than going through their respective apps. Currently, you often have to open both the Flixster and Fandango apps to figure out which movie theaters are supported.
Apple says Siri’s movie ticket capabilities will only be available in the U.S. for now.
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