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New patent indicates Apple is working on location based tracking service

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New patent indicates Apple is working on location based tracking service
Almost every version of the Google Maps application on different platforms allows you to check up on the location of friends with Latitude, but the iPhone has been left out of the party when it comes to offering it. Possibly the next incarnation of the iPhone may integrate a new front facing camera and a service that allows for location based information to be sent via text messaging through a new patent filed by Apple.

It was rumored that Google Latitude was not approved because Apple did not want iPhone owners to confuse it with Maps. Based on the information regarding the location based service patent, it may not only allow users to share location information with friends, but it may also be used in conjunction with a social app for the iPhone. As far as the front facing camera is concerned, it has made an appearance before and this time we see it again – still it’s unclear on how this may relate to the patent regarding location based information.

via 9to5mac



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