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Apple thinks about how to help us find the best place to meet our friends

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Patente 20150134646 Collaborative location-based search results

Apple thinks about how to help us find the best place to meet our friends
Apple thinks about how to help us find the best place to meet our friends

The idea is simple: multiple mobile devices performing a common search that yields interesting results for all of them. For example, find a place that is the same distance from all members of the group .

It sounds like a good addition to the Messages and Maps features on the iPhone, especially when we go deeper into the development of the patent and see that along with the more obvious uses, such as finding a restaurant or cafe that we all have on hand, there are also alternative applications such as telling us which of our friends is closest at any given time, either to pick him up on the way or call him to ask for help if we’ve been stranded.

The patent describes methods for each user to establish criteria to filter the search such as type of location, average price, maximum distance, etc… and how once a meeting point is decided, each iPhone would guide its user to it. Even better, it is even possible to discover which of the group members is closer to a certain point , such as a specific store, and ask them to stop and buy something.

At this point it seems clear that Apple is directing its attention for the first time towards searches, until now the exclusive domain of Google, and with news such as the Applebot indexer or this one, in the near future we could see the birth of our own services and initiatives more integrated into the products of the apple against the current dependence on third parties such as Yelp, Bing or Wolfram>
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