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Apple files for patent covering location-specific apps

updated 08:25 pm EDT, Thu May 13, 2010

Apps would appear based on location information

The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application filed by Apple for technology related to location-specific apps. The system could be used to display certain content only when the device is at or near a particular location.

The patent application differentiates itself from current location-based services, such as mapping applications, by suggesting that location information can be used in new ways beyond pre-installed or permanent apps.

Included diagrams show several examples of location-based applications. One view shows an iPhone interface with a Library Catalog app that automatically presents itself when a user enters a library, providing a quick method to browse the entire catalog. Other embodiments would allow users to view sale items in a retail store, view menus at restaurants, or track estimated wait times for table seating.

Apple initially filed for the patent in November of 2008. The company has yet to announce if or when the technology might be implemented into the iPhone or iPad OS.










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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Patent Troll

    I tip my hat off to Apple. The most well known Patent Troll company. I'm sure this won't develop into anything since they'll just wait for another company to come up with the idea and sue them.

    This is another revenue source for Apple im sure.

    Steve Blowjobs, you are cunning.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    who'd of thunk it

    I need to put on my thinking cap and pop up some stupid ideas about smartphones to file patents on. Is there a patent on apps that use the motion controller when shook?

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