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More Clues About Apple's 'Find My Friends' Mobile Service

As reported by both 9to5Mac and AppleInsider, some additional evidence of Apple's work on a "Find My Friends" service has been discovered in relation to Apple's MobileMe website.


"Find My Friends" was originally discovered as a reference back in iOS 4.3. At the time we suspected that it represented a location-based friend-finding service like Loopt and Google Latitude. The strings (embedded above) seem to confirm those suspicions:
It includes references to standard social networking functions, like a list of people a user is "following," as well as "pending" and "accepted" follower requests. The code also mentions user statuses, updates, blocking of users and removing followers.
These types of services allow you to find your friends who near you at any given time by leveraging your mobile phone's GPS signal. The constant updates can broadcast your location to your friends to know who is nearby.

Apple's implementation seems very similar, and allows you to "follow" or be followed by others. This would presumably allow you to locate those you follow in real time.

Apple has yet to announce any plans to launch such a service, and given the fact that it first appeared back in iOS 4.3 could mean that Apple ultimately decided to scrap the project. Apple's patent applications have previously revealed that Apple is actively researching these type of location based mobile services.

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42 months ago
now you can stalk your friends better...
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago
For your enjoyment, I now present 500 people complaining based on the absurd assumption that this will not be optional :)

And another 100 conspiracy theorists saying that dark powers could use this feature if Apple releases it... even though it would make much more sense for them to use hidden software for that, not a user-facing feature! (P.S. Does your wristwatch have a GPS? Are you sure it doesn’t? If I were a James Bond villain, I'd rather track people using a device nobody pays attention to—not an iPhone that hackers around the world have their microscopes and packet-sniffers aimed at.)

Oh well, I’ll still be happy to have this occasionally when meeting friends at a large event.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago
Some hacker is probably going to use this to stalk people
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
Ping 2.0, Stalker edition?
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
Isn't this related to the already known twitter integration? Seems obvious to me, they wouldnt use the exact same terms for a competing service.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
Might be a fun feature to turn on if you are doing something like bar hopping -- and don't want to text each and every friend who hasn't met up with you yet where you are.

I predict many jealous boyfriends/girlfriends will *require* their partners to use this. :)
Rating: 1 Votes
42 months ago
yeah I don't want people I know to know that that I like hookers and cocaine...
Rating: 1 Votes
42 months ago

- I know. But how is this relevant to my post?


I think he means that in iOS currently there is already background management of an application's battery use of GPS along with settings for the user to turn a particular programs use of GPS on or off.
Rating: 1 Votes
42 months ago
If i call hookers friends, does it count?
Rating: 1 Votes
42 months ago
Provided the GPS works well and all your friends have an iPhone this would be great at an outdoor concert venue or a festival..All your friends could find each other and see what everybody wants to do.
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