iOS 8 Offers Quick Access to Apps Based on Location

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple outlined several of iOS 8's major features during yesterday's WWDC keynote, but with the operating system now in the hands of developers, details on several lesser known features have been leaking out.

    One new feature sees the iPhone displaying apps on the lock screen based on location. For example, MacRumors readers have seen relevant app icons pop up while at or near brick and mortar locations like Starbucks and the Apple Store. While at a Starbucks, for example, the Starbucks app icon is displayed in the lower left corner of the iPhone's lock screen, which allows the Starbucks app to be easily accessed.

    This feature isn't limited to Apple's own stores or to major retailers, either, as one Twitter user has also seen an app for a train station on the lock screen while at that particular location.

    Displaying location-based apps on the lock screen is particularly useful at Starbucks and the Apple Store as both locations allow users to make purchases using their iOS devices. In fact, a common theme between the apps that have demonstrated this functionality is a specific on-site function like the ability to make a purchase or display a ticket.

    It is not clear how this feature works, or which apps are compatible at this point, but the iOS 8 release notes mention the location based apps as a facet of Location Services. "When Location Services is turned on, the device's current location is used to recommend relevant apps on the lock screen." Based on the description of the feature, it appears to work through both the App Store and physical location and will eventually be able to be turned off by turning off location services for the App Store.

    As we approach the public release of iOS 8, it's likely we'll hear more about this new location-based alert feature. iOS 8 is expected to be available to the public in the fall, following a developer-oriented beta testing period.

    (Thanks, Kyle!)

    Update 11:55 PM PT: It appears that Apple will also suggest apps that are not installed when visiting certain locations. For example, a Twitter user who did not have the Costco app installed had a Costco app icon pop up when at local Costco, which took him to the App Store where he could download the app. He was not able to access the rest of the App Store after tapping the icon; only the Costco app was available.

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  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    Thats awesome! I wish they didn't F up OS X so much though :(
  3. Vinamra macrumors regular


    Nov 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    This will suck the life out of that already horrible (as on 7.1) battery.
  4. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    Or savory, depending on where you are!
  5. garettap macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2014
    Mine's showing the Wells Fargo app - which doesn't do anything cool. Weird.
  6. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    If you don't like it (for battery reasons or privacy reasons, or any other reasons), you can turn off location services, or carry your phone in a lead case.
  7. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    Gotta say, one thing Apple should do is get rid of those dots and go back to the small vertical lines. It takes up too much space and also get rid of the network name up there too. You know what network you are on. It takes up too much space as well.
    Now i say that so you can see notification icons better and get more of them but i dont know if iOS allows that many as Android does. I just think it is ridiculous to have the network name up there.
  8. brunosh macrumors regular


    May 14, 2014
    If that's based on Apple Maps (wich most probably is) it will not work very good outside of USA..
  9. Trik macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Chop't icon

    I saw this today and took a screenshot at lunch. I was at Chipotle actually, but it's next to Chop't, so that's the icon that showed up. I would suspect that it's using the same location aware API and Apple has just added a call for the icon on the home screen. Definitely a great feature though!

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  10. jcbkrmr macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2014
    This is a great solution, and much more simple than routing through passbook!
  11. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    This is cool, I guess the bigger iphone 6 would have bigger battery to accomodate this feature ;)
  12. kylebshr macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    That's my screenshot :D also though - it actually brought me straight to the actual Starbucks app, not the passbook interestingly enough
  13. maknik macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Is there a way to turn this off without killing location services for the app? I want my apps to be able to access my location only when I say so, not continually in the background. And the last thing on earth I want is for apps to be able to spontaneously advertise their products on my launch screen. Yeech.

    (Again, you don't have to agree with me, if you like advertunities. Just give us the option to disable them without crippling the app or the phone with such crude measures as turning off location services altogether.)
  14. arian19 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    OS X is amazing, I have no clue what you are talking about...
  15. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    Wonder where Apple's getting the store/location data from.
  16. flyingember macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    so the location data is based off cell triangulation and wifi networks. like if the phone sees you're near some place and you connect to network X you're probably near a certain store.

    it also can track where you open apps regularly. it would just be a database with app name + location data. super easy

    the question is, does the phone alert you to open an app at a store you've never been to or a store you never opened the app at?
  17. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    I wasn't aware an app icon was advertising. It's not like it's taking up your whole lock screen.
  18. nextdimension macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2007
    Has anyone tried going into a movie theater yet? Does it automatically disable your camera?
  19. EdgardasB macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2014
    Yes. Also going to WC, iPhone launches porn video.
  20. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    This will be awesome for Starbucks! I always hate my phone auto-locking when i am in the drive-through and when I pull my phone out of the cup holder for the girl to scan my barcode. There is a 6 or so step process to get back to that barcode after unlocking.

    Ideal yet secure use.
    Step 1) Tap StarBucks icon in the lower left corner

    Step 2) Be prompted to authenticate with TouchID

    result) My Starbucks gift card barcode is displayed

    Yes, I drink way too much expensive coffee.

    Yes, I am too lazy to get out of my truck and walk inside.
  21. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Awesome stuff but still no default apps on iOS?
  22. Kapangas macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Zwingenberg, Deutschland
    What's up with the different location of the "Slide to unlock" text in the screenshots?
  23. LordVic macrumors 68040

    Sep 7, 2011

    I have to admit, I like location aware services.
    Too bad i'm a hermit!
  24. coolstuffok macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
    I don't know enough about the technology to say this for sure, but could Apple perhaps be using their Bluetooth Low Energy/iBeacon tech? And if so, I'd assume this to be using significantly less battery power to implement a feature like this?

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