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Snow Leopard to gain location, multi-touch support

updated 12:35 pm EST, Thu February 5, 2009

S. Leopard mimics iPhone

Mac OS X Snow Leopard should implement software support first produced for the iPhone, developers claim. The latest pre-release build of the operating system is said to include the CoreLocation framework, used to tell iPhone and iPod touch applications where a user is in relation to other people and places. While Macs are not expected to include GPS receivers anytime soon, software creators should still be able to tap into Internet triangulation to get a rough gauge of where a computer is sitting.

Apple is separately said to have implemented a new collection of Cocoa-based programming interfaces, more fully exploiting the multi-touch commands carried over from the iPhone to modern MacBooks. Developers should thus be able to take greater advantage of multi-touch, which has so far been confined to Apple software and a handful of third-party titles, such as Mozilla's Firefox.

Introduction of expanded multi-touch was first hinted at in June, but until now has not seen any tangible code.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe they're including this so when people ask "So why exactly am I paying for wifi in my MacPro, when I have absolutely no need for it" people can claim "Well, its so you can know where your computer is all the time".

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Shut up, you damn troll.

  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bluetooth GPS?

    I wonder if the location features will work with a Bluetooth GPS. Have one that was displaced when I replaced my clunky Palm GPS solution with a Garmin nuvi.

  1. jeebus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no wifi in mac pro

    Actually the Mac Pro doesn't come with WiFi, it's available only as a build to order option. It does come with bluetooth however (understandable for mice and keyboards).

  1. T4E

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Testudo

    "Maybe they're including this so when people ask "So why exactly am I paying for wifi in my Mac Pro, when I have absolutely no need for it" "

    They do? Must be rather stupid, since they are able to choose wifi or no wifi in the configure options for Mac Pro?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Multitouch - tangible code. I get it!

    So, oooo! Neat. CoreLocation framework!

    Where's the off button?

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Snow Leopard

    That snow leopard picture is freaky . . . that cat looks like it's ready to kick some a**. Just had to say . . .

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multi-touch keyboard

    This suggests a new product for Apple, a multi-touch keyboard (and perhaps a free=standing touchpad) for those of us who mostly work at desk-bound computers.

    As it stands now, we only have multi-touch with laptop keyboards. That makes no sense.

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