TrackMyPhone - iOS4 location monitoring app

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPod touch Apps' started by fishkorp, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. macrumors demi-god

    fishkorp

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    My iOS4 apps just got the "ready for sale" email and should be in the App Store shortly. Here's a "Find My iPhone" alternative.

    iTunes Link: itms://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trackmyphone/id368149172?mt=8

    iTunes Description:
    Features I'm already working on for update:
    -Track locations from within the app
    -Mobile web interface
    -Location tagging
    -Account bridging
    -Send a push notification to display a message or play a sound to help find a lost phone
    - Will be constantly updating the web interface for a better experience.

    Please send any feedback and suggestions. Will post some promo codes for MR users later tonight.
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Is there any way to upgrade the web interface to a secure https site?
     
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    Rayfire

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    Will there be any fix on the location arrow icon being displayed always? Or you really just have to re-install it? And where exactly are the locations stored?
     
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    trainguy77

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    I just got this application. Works great! I would like to see the application being password protected. This way when a push notification is sent and the person with the phone unlocks it, it will just go to a passcode screen and they won't know what it is. But that starts the application up again. :D

    I will wait and see how the battery life is.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    any more reviews?
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Just downloaded this app! It works! Quick question, To my knowledge it doesn't constantly use the location services right? I wouldn't want it to drain my battery too much.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    So how does this compare to the free google latitude app? Accuracy? Load times?
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Ok. First, I downloaded the app a while back and it has been working great for the most part. I have the accuracy set to "Better" (as opposed to "Good" or "Best"), and have not noticed any degradation of battery life...and I use my iP4 a lot. The accuracy is really good, and if you have a passcode set, this is a great alternative to MobileMe.

    In response to an earlier post, location services are only used when your location changes somewhat significantly. So, no, it is not using GPS all the time.

    In response to accuracy compared to the Latitude app...Google Latitude is only a webapp. Therefore, it cannot take advantage of iOS 4's geographical change API. However, accuracy is pretty spot on. Load times vary by device, weather, location, etc. But you won't really be worrying about load times. The point of this app is to track your location in the background so that, in case your phone is stolen (or you just lost it), you can track it down.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Work when sleeping?

    Hi guys,

    Just wondering, does this app still manage to update the location when the iPhone is sleeping/locked somehow? I have passcode lock on, so a combination of that and this app would protect my iPhone considerably should something happen to it, providing a viable alternative to MobileMe.

    Old-school reader, n00b poster, btw. ;)

    Cheers.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors demi-god

    fishkorp

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    Hey guys, sorry I haven't responded to questions! Just letting you know, version 1.1 is in review and should hopefully be approved any day now. Addressing some of the things posted:

    - web interface now HTTPS (and new interface coming when the v1.1 goes live)
    - a passcode unlock is now an option in the app (and if using an iPhone 4 the front camera will take a picture if the incorrect code is entered)
    - monitoring should be more accurate and more frequent.
    - new UI and app icon (much nicer thanks to the guys at Keherance).

    To the person that asked about the location services arrow. I consulted with someone from Apple on this and they informed me that due to changes that were made to location services, any time an app is using the significantLocationChange methods the arrow will always be visible, not just when it's doing an update. So in the case of this app, it is normal if the arrow is permanently displayed unless you sign out of the app. It is not using extra battery. All my testing on 2 devices showed no battery difference with the arrow always visible.

    To the person asking about the phone locked/sleeping, I know for a fact it works when the phone is locked. I put my phone in my car and leave it there all day. Work for 8+ hours then drive home. Points on my drive to work are logged and then points on my drive back home are logged (obviously nothing is logged while at work since the phone isn't moving).

    Lots of other updates I'm still working on. I'd really like to make this an app people want to have. So please send any suggestions and feedback to support@trackmyphoneapp.com. I love the suggestions users are sending in.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Excellent!

    Wow - brilliant! This app is sounding better and better! As soon as 1.1 is approved I'm making my purchase! :) Oh, psst.. any discount for us long term followers/supporters of this project?! :p
     
  12. thread starter macrumors demi-god

    fishkorp

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    Promo codes will be posted.
     
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    iammike1

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    Grabbed it up...I'll be sure to post back with opinions.
     
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    Any chance you can incorporate a daemon that would install in the background and delete the app for more covert tracking? I know iLocalis used this method a while back and it worked well for keeping tabs on the phone without the user knowing it was installed?
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    Just bought it

    Seems to work as advertised :) Does this app automatically monitor if the phone has been rebooted?? I see the GPS arrow but not sure if its running in the background or not. Guess I could go for a ride to find out on my own :)
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    Seems to work... I'll post a review in the app store
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering, how do you use discount codes when purchasing the app on the iphone?
     
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    fhall1

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    As far as I know....you can't
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    Thanks for this post to confirm couple things. I can't wait for the update!
     
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    Just curious when we could expect these promo codes? I am very interested in this app!! Just want to make sure I don't miss anything ;)
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    Code?

    Ditto! Also, how do you mean by 'code'? Because like the guys above, as far as I know, there is no 'promo code' system for the app store? :S
     
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    Krad3130

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    I have never used a promo code either so I am curious how this process works as well. Thanks! (from the newbie on promo codes)
     
  23. thread starter macrumors demi-god

    fishkorp

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    Can't be possible with App Store apps :(

    They only work in US store. Just go to the Featured apps, scroll all the way down, and tap on "Redeem."

    As soon as v1.1 is approved.

    I got a rejection notice this afternoon. Apple didn't like the way I was using the camera. I made the changes they suggested and immediately re-submitted it. Hopefully I don't need to wait another 7+ days.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Seems like Apple doesn't care about junk apps like fake "cell phone trackers" going through by the dozens, but legitimate apps like yours get nitpicked over. What could they possibly not like about the way you were using the camera? Don't you just turn it on, snap a pic and send it? I don't understand why there'd be an issue over that. :confused:
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    just like wi-fi sync, they probably want to take credit for the idea
     

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