Chicago (IL) - The latest iPhone 2.0 firmware released to Apple’s enterprise partners shows a new option geographical tagging of photos taken with handset’s built-in camera. It’s a clever example how geographical positioning that’s already available on current gen iPhone can add value to everyday applications.
This latest feature find does not come, for a change, from the most recent iPhone 2.0 firmware files, but from a beta version of the software that was released to a hand-picked group of Apple’s enterprise partners earlier this week. People with access to the build 5A292g will notice a few previously unseen preference settings that specifically make it possible to turn on or off location-based services (LBS). Especially applications such as Maps and the camera now appear to be tied deeply into LBS, if the user chooses to.
Enhancing applications is generally believed to be able to enhance and personalize the usage of a mobile device. For example, since the iPhone can determine a user’s position, it can simply tag your current geographical identification metadata, such as latitude and longitude coordinates, names of cities or countries to the photos you’re taking using the built-in camera. A photo management app could later use this information to show dots on the world map, representing places you visited. Or, you could group photos based on the location they were taken at.
This feature can be used with the iPhone’s current positioning abilities and should be an interesting addition, as long as you are not moving within an area where Wi-Fi crackers are having fun with altering data that is used by the iPhone to determine its location. However, once GPS becomes available, which is expected to be the case with the 3G iPhone, LBS features should become much more interesting - such as in location-based social networks and massively multiplayer online role-playing game that are set in the real world.