Snow Leopard will know your location, via the Internet

AppleInsider is reporting that the recent build of Snow Leopard, 10A261, commonly known as Beta 3, will use triangulation features via the Internet to pinpoint your location. Not only this, but Apple has helped developers out by including a new multi-touch framework, allowing people creating programs for Mac OS X to make better use of the recently released aluminium MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

The new location framework, dubbed CoreLocation, and will use the same system the original iPhone and iPod touch uses to find the users' location, as, of course, many computers don't have a GPS to make it easier. This may be useful in mapping programs, or indeed Apple's recently released iPhoto '09, which allows photos to be geo-tagged and placed on a world map.

Why, you ask, has Apple improved support for developing applications on the newest MacBooks and MacBook Pros? Surely, you can add multi-touch already? That's true enough, but it's difficult. Difficult enough indeed, that few applications that aren't written by Apple support it. That's why access to the new frameworks is being added -- to tap a currently untapped resource.

Snow Leopard is the name for Apple's upcoming OS X 10.6 operating system, which is widely expected to be released this year.

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Come on guys, don't write an article with such a misleading title.

This is the *exact* same framework that was included with the iPhone. It's called CoreLocation, and it's what allows an iPhone or iPod Touch application to find the coordinates of a device (either through GPS, Triangulation, or WiFi via SkyHook). Saying Snow Leopard will "know" your location almost makes it seems like it is tracking you, which obviously is not the case. This simply asks an online database for location based information about the wireless network you are connected to. See "Wardriving" and "Skyhook Wireless".

For those concerned about privacy, OS X on the iPhone always displays an alert asking if you wish to allow an application to find out about your current location whenever it tries to use CoreLocation.

It's really no different than Windows 7 Sensor and Location. Not sure if Windows 7 Sensor and Location was around when CoreLocation was announced for the iPhone, but regardless they came out around the same time.

so basically instead of spyware telling big brother who and where you are in the windows world, Apple is going to make it one step easier and do it for them?

Remember those turrets prom Portal?
Turret: Where are you?

BTW Aperture Science looks very much like Apple: small company, white designs, unnecessary "cool" features like turrets with voice, bigger than world ambitions, snobism, envying the Black Mesa, bending the facts to get money.

RealFduch said,
Remember those turrets prom Portal?
Turret: Where are you?

BTW Aperture Science looks very much like Apple: small company, white designs, unnecessary "cool" features like turrets with voice, bigger than world ambitions, snobism, envying the Black Mesa, bending the facts to get money.


What are you going on about? Yes I know you're referring to Valve's Portal game, but still... wtf are you talking about?

The only time I can see this being any use is when you get lost in the car and decide to piggyback someone's wireless to access maps. We've all been there..

McDave said,
The only time I can see this being any use is when you get lost in the car and decide to piggyback someone's wireless to access maps. We've all been there..

I want to deny it.