Apple working on its own social networking app for the iPhone?

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Apple working on its own social networking app for the iPhone?
With a lot of attention focused on what new hardware consumers can expect to see as the next generation Apple iPhone inches closer to reality, there is a new document that details a new app for the smartphone which might be coming in the horizon. Documents published to the USPTO shed some light on Apple's potential workings on a social networking application for the iPhone. Known more conveniently as iGroups in the patent filing, it essentially aims to allow people to get together and transfer information privately with their group of contacts – it looks to utilize “virtual GPS” if there is no present true positioning technology in place which could mean something along the lines of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to approximate a user's location. Friends can easily be in the loop of things as the app will work in conjunction with MobileMe to transfer information between specific people in a group. Even if this become a reality, Apple will need to figure out a way to resolve a naming dispute with the existing iPhone app called iGroups – we'd figure there would be decent sum of monetary compensation to the developer.

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source: Patently Apple via Mashable


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6 Comments

1. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

Looks like the new Iphone might have a D-pad for games (upper right part of the phone) and a video call camera. By slimming down that circular button at the bottom of the phone they could make the screen bigger.....

2. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's not going to be better than the BBM on BlackBerry though! :]

3. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I actually think it will. I'm sure this will go further than BBM on Blackberry because I know apple will integrate this into their Macs as well and somehow able to always be able to access them online or something.

4. scottmbolt unregistered

iGroups will be iGay!

6. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

stop fantasizing.

5. SPcamert

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 06, 2010

Looks interesting. Not an iPhone user but can appreciate the technology that goes into it. I like the indications on the bottom edge (fig. 462, 490, and 464) that there might be some more LED indicators as well as the circle that appears to be another touch sensitive area below the screen (fig. 470) kind of the way the Palm Pre has it setup. I'm also very curious about the notches on the left edge (fig. 486, 488) as to what they do.

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