'Find My Friends' Updated With Redesigned Location Alerts Page

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has updated its 'Find My Friends' location notification app. The small update makes it slightly more streamlined to search for and set location-based notifications.

    The Next Web has more information about what has changed specifically:
    Left: Old UI, Right: New UI
    Find My Friends is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Find My Friends' Updated With Redesigned Location Alerts Page
  2. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Still has that ridiculous leather and stitching. FAIL.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Since when do notifications actually work

    I've tried them several times, never ever got a notification that the person left of arrived. What good is UI redesign if they dont work.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
    Apparently there was too much focus on the Podcast app and not enough on changing this hideous looking leather bound app... :eek:
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Haha :D
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  7. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    It never works! No matter what I do! But If it would work, I would like to have multiple presets with notifications to check the kids!
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2011
    Am I the only one who LOVES the design of this app? The leather makes it feel premium, like I'm using an expensive quality product that can only be found on iOS. It contrasts strongly to the cheap looking Android apps.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    Great update! You can now drop a pin on a custom location instead of using a street address. You can also set a custom radius.

    I hope the Reminders app gets this functionality soon for location-based alert triggers.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Germany, Europe
    My first thought as well after the latest Podcast App update somehow got rid of these horrible skeuomorphism.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I knows tons of people that have iPhones, but the only people I have on this app are my mother (because I took her phone and added it myself), my girlfriend (because she took my phone and added it herself), and an old friend (because he just got an iPhone and we wanted to test it out)

    People think the whole app idea is just creepy, which is understandable. I think it's pretty useful though!
  14. Razeus, Mar 28, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    That's why I don't use it. Why do you need to know where I am all the time?

  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    I am (now) a fan too. The flat designs of Android apps and Windows Phone apps really just make the apps bland and boring.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2013
    Hmmm. Just downloaded the update. Now if only I had friends to add. :(
  17. macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008

    Try that, works every time.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2010

    I hate to pin this one on lack of life experience, but here we go:
    1. When you and your wife/husband/fiance lives separately on the east/west coast due to work. It's nice to know if they have arrived at work or arrived at home safely without calling them all the time.

    2. When you have worrying parents who have kids living or working for long period of time overseas.

    3. When you have teenagers who is bad at telling you when they are home.

    4. When you have active older parents who you want to keep track of, to make sure they are where they are suppose to be. Instead of calling them when you are at work you can simply turn the apps on and check on them.

    Bottom line, don't fight things for the sake of fighting things. Everything has its disadvantage, as well as it's advantage.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Yes, you are. It's garish, tacky, and the leather doesn't even have any thematic relation to the app's functionality.

    And as a vegetarian, it mostly just disgusts me.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Well I installed it and it deleted all my old saved locations and location labels for my family members. Annoying.
  21. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    They've worked just fine for me. They only work once though, so if I say "notify me when my wife leaves the office" it's only going to notify me the first time and then I have to set the notification up again. It won't notify you every time.
  22. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    You weren't the only one. There was a guy at Apple named Scott that liked the design as well.

    Fairly certain he no longer works there.
  23. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Wow...you're saying I have lack of life experience now? Interesting theory you have on someone you don't know.

    1) sounds silly. my wife is grown. I can call, text and email to see how's she's doing.

    2) email. why would I need an app to see where they are. I know where they are. If I'm worried, I call or email.

    3) I have a teenage. I always know when he's home and leaves the house. My app for my home security system notifies me.

    4) Why do I need to check on my active parents? They are active so obviously they have to go take of their own business. I can catch up with them with real conversation or dinner at the house.

    Technology shouldn't be used to keep people on a leash. People should have their freedom without an app for me to "check on them" with. The whole premise of this app is just silly and creepy.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Hmmmm, works for me. I geofenced a family member in a rehab facility (physical not addiction) so I would know when they were being transferred for tests, etc at the hospital.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Fake leather on a digital non-corporeal piece of software disgusts you. Wow, how much does gasoline cost on your world?

    What if it were just a yucky brown/tan gradient? Would that be better, really? Do people even use this thing at all (besides OAG of course)?

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