Apple Designing Location-Based Home Screen For IPhone

Posted: Aug 27 2009, 1:04pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:59pm CDT, in News | Apple

 
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Another day, another leaked Apple patent. (via AppleInsider) This one is for a program that would display different applications based on changing environmental factors, like location. If you take a flight from Dallas to San Francisco, your iPhone would display different apps and data depending on the city. Weather widgets would update automatically based on geographical position, the clock could alter itself to meet new time zones, and different “location-aware” options would become available for different places.

This would allow iPhone users, especially those who travel, to always be up-to-date on local weather, time, and even maps. Your phone would also be able to store separate contacts in city-specific lists. If you loved a certain restaurant on your last visit to Atlanta, you'll be able to save the address so you can find it again on your next trip. This technology is nothing mind-blowing or paradigm-shifting, but it does provide a bit more convenience for users, and convenience is what smartphones are all about.

Other Apple patents filed this week include a speech to text application, image scaling software built to help transfer files from computers or TVs to mobile devices, and an event-based contact list. All of these sound like useful features, but the coolest is a follow-up to an old patent application for a wireless sensory system. This system would be able to quantify things like the strength of a punch, which opens up whole new possibilities for app store games. You know every stupid bar bet game you've ever played? (Arm wrestling simulators, grip strength testers, etc) Soon all of those could be stored on your iPhone.

The digital age is a wondrous thing.

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