Forthcoming generations of iPhones could change settings automatically according to the location of the handsets, after Apple was granted a patent for what seems a fairly fresh approach to straddling the work-home divide.
The feature would allow iPhone owners to create profiles for different localities, which are detected by their handsets’ GPS smarts and activate without users having to do anything.
The most practical use is undoubtedly that iKit fanciers could work up a profile for when they’re at home that would mean that they don’t get notifications about emails that have landed in the work email account.
According to Apple’s filing, the tech’s other practical applications could include the ability to automatically disable 3G and Wi-Fi features on aeroplanes or in security-sensitive locales.
News of Apple’s plans comes ahead of the putative release of the iPhone 5 next month. Although the location-based settings functions Apple has just patented will not be on board, the phone’s feature set is expected to include a four-inch screen, a quad-core processor and Near Field Communications (NFC) chips to enable the phone to double as a digital wallet.
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