1. Michael Essany's Avatar

    Apple is reportedly working on new advancements that could, if implemented into future iOS upgrades, dramatically increase the sophistication of functionalities provided by the iPhone's calendar alerts and other notifications. Based on a patent application unearthed by our friends at Apple Insider, there's reason to get excited about "dynamic, GPS-enabled calendar alerts" in the near future.

    The patent application in question is dubbed "Dynamic Alerts for Calendar Events." Based on the filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the patent describes a system capable of delivering to iPhone users an alert based on their current GPS-determined location.

    Using GPS and a user's calendar events, the system could determine how long it will take for the person to travel to their scheduled event. The iPhone software could then alert the user accordingly, allowing ample time to travel and meet the scheduled deadline.
    The patent filing also brings to the surface again talk of Apple dabbling with crowd-sourced data to fashion one or more services in line with the functionalities described above. If so, such an advancement wouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone, as such that arrangement may ultimately be necessary to tap the full breadth of potential contained within the patent filing.

    Although the new functionalities sound both exciting and imminent, there's no reason to believe that Apple will actually roll out any of these new features any time soon - and certainly not at next week's WWDC.

    Source: Apple Insider
    2011-06-02 05:13 PM
  2. andypropaganda's Avatar
    This seems like it could be pretty sweet. At first, I thought it was just saying alerts would pop up and let you know when you were near something, which had already been done I believe.

    But this should be cool. Me being someone who is always late could definitely appreciate this feature... although for me to use it they'd also have to improve the general user experience of the iPhone calender.
    2011-06-02 05:31 PM
  3. seandiego's Avatar
    Wow, this doesn't raise any eyebrows? Remember location gate? The world was up in arms about location tracking behind the scenes but now they are just going to blatantly track everywhere you are and furthermore know where you will be and at what time you will be there? Can you say BIG Brother?
    2011-06-03 07:26 AM