One of the most intersting products to start with a lower-case "i" isn't one consumers will be lining up around the block to purchase, but it could certainly transform the way we shop at retail stores around the globe.
When the App Store first launched, many developers made their dubious mark with tip calculators and fart apps, which eventually paved the way for more useful (but no less ubiquitous) to-do list apps ranging from utterly useless to absolutely awesome. The paid follow-up to a popular original, Checkmark 2 falls on the higher end of that scale, mostly because of how it intelligently uses geolocation data to create more useful reminders. The sequel also debuts a new Lists feature for organizing to-do items in a more traditional fashion.
The dream of a smartphone-powered mobile wallet continues to inch closer to reality, with fast food giant McDonald's now testing the ability to purchase Big Macs and other products using nothing more than an app.
Garmin is a heavyweight in the navigation space, with a plethora of GPS-enabled mapping apps for all sorts of uses -- which is great as long as your device has a GPS receiver. But what about owners of the iPad mini, or iPod touch? Now they're covered. Garmin's GLO is a stand-alone GPS receiver that connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth, giving your GPS-less iPad or iPod navigational capabilities.
It's not quite the full-featured iOS app many of us have been hoping for, but Google has flipped the switch on its Street View feature for the mobile web app version of its own Maps solution, which now works on iOS.
Over the past few years, Apple has brought us many breakthrough location-based features on both the Mac and iOS devices. The first of these features was Find My iPhone, which allows users to search for their lost or stolen device. The newest services, Find My Friends, lets you keep track of family or friends during outings or other events. With these two features, it’s clear that being able to easily share your location, or track your device, is the way of the future.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on their own mapping data for their iOS devices, and that day may be coming sooner than we think, according to new legal disclaimers discovered under “Map Data” in the beta build of iOS 5.
Apple has remained mostly silent on its latest “Locationgate” scandal involving GPS-equipped iOS devices recording and saving location data -- until now. The company has just posted an extensive question and answer document on its website, covering 10 key points.
There are few feelings that quite compete with wandering a store when you're in a hurry or you need to leave and you can't find what you came for. Sure, you can ask the staff, but what if you can't even find them? Then when you do find someone, they send you on a wild goose chase or don't know where it is themselves. Well, for a problem like this, there's a saying Cupertino just trademarked.
Earlier this year, Foursquare added the ability to leave "tips" in a location for a friend, or the next person who checked into that location after you. Today, however, they expanded on that idea to bring users something called "Location Layers." The location layers give you the ability to subscribe to updates from a variety of different content publishers to provide push updates about a location you're visiting.