Have you ever been in a situation where it would be nice to know exactly where your friends are? Maybe you lost them at a big event or they’re at some party you can’t seem to find. Apple’s new “Find My Friends” app allows you to locate them. It’s a new location-based service where you can see your friends on a map.
Apple’s description of their Find My Friends app:
Meet up with friends at an outdoor concert. Keep track of the family during a day on the ski slopes. Or see when your out-of-town guest has finally made it past baggage claim. The Find My Friends app is a great way to share your location with people who are important to you.* Friends who share their location with you appear on a map so you can quickly see where they are and what they’re up to. And since Find My Friends works with Contacts and Maps, you can do things like find the quickest route to a surprise party — and avoid running into the birthday girl — all at once.
Now before you raise your eyebrows about stalking issues, the app does allow temporary sharing. I don’t know about you, but there is no way I want all of my friends and family to know where I am all the time. It looks like they’ve done a good job with their temporary sharing, privacy settings and parental restrictions.
Apple also released the “Find My iPhone” app. Lost your phone? No need to panic!
Don’t panic. As soon as you realize one of your Apple devices is missing, iCloud can help you figure out where it is.* Just sign in at icloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app on another device to see your missing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac on a map.
You can download the apps at the Apple Store.
Can you think of a situation or two where these apps would come in handy?