Apple considering integrating movie times into your personal iPhone data

Apple considering integrating movie times into your personal iPhone data
Sure, apps that show movie starting times are a dime a dozen. But Apple has an idea to take it one step further and has filed for a patent for its "Systems and Methods for Providing Context-Based Movie Information." In other words, Apple wants to develop its own iPhone app that will not only show you location-based theater starting times, but will also integrate the information into your calendar and other planners that you have on your handset. It is not known whether or not Apple will eventually offer this app.

The patent, filed by Apple in December of 2009 and just discovered by Apple Insider, is for an app that would reveal movie start times during a specific time slot. Time intervals would be presented to the user to better fit his schedule. If the user picked a film at a time that would conflict with another event planned for in the calendar, he could be given the option to remove the conflicting event from the schedule.

Apple is also considering offering traffic and location based based start times so that the user could pick which theater and showing would be best considering the length of the drive. The app would also show the appropriate theater and showtime for a movie that would be seen following a scheduled event-like a nice dinner for two at your favorite restaurant. You will also be able to share your movie plans with friends, setting up the app to send out the information to people on your contacts list once the movie tickets have been purchased.

source: AppleInsider

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1. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Wow, this is pretty badass, there are many movie time apps, but none that work like I like it, hopefully this integrated system works out great

2. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

this is a really neat idea however the only downside i see is its effectfulness on iphones in which people dont regularly use their calender. I would say as of right now Fandango offers the best app for showtimes and purchasing tickets.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I agree. This is a good idea, but can't see myself using it very much. The Flixter app is all I really need.

4. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Well the patent was filed over a year ago so perhaps Apple agrees with you too and decided it wasnt cost effective at the time to launch it for the amount of buzz the feature would create.

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