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This article was published on April 8, 2010


iPhone 4.0 OS includes background location

iPhone 4.0 OS includes background location
Chad Catacchio
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Chad Catacchio

Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in th Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in the US and China. Check out his personal blog to connect with him or follow him on Twitter (if you dare).

As part of the major announcement that multitasking is coming to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Apple just announced that the new OS will include background location, which could be a major game changer for social location services. Here are the main points that Apple mentioned:

  • Two uses: turn-by-turn navigation & social location services
  • GPS uses a lot of battery power
  • “Fine grain” privacy settings, including a status bar that tells you if an app is asking for your location
  • Uses GPS for turn-by-turn and cell tower triangulation for social location services (presumably with the help of the carrier, in this case AT&T)