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More Information Surfaces Regarding Apple’s Rumored ‘Find My Friends’ Mobile Service

Both 9to5Mac and AppleInsider are reporting on new evidence of Apple’s forthcoming “Find My Friends” has been found in connection with MobileMe.

The first “Find My Friends” reference was discovered in iOS 4.3. From there it was assumed that this would be Apple’s introduction of a feature similar to Loopt. That is, simply put, a friend-finding service. But “Find My Friends” seems poised to be built into the system by Apple as seen in the following strings of code:

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So there are references to things like “following”, “Pending”, and “Accepted”, which are usually indicative of private information and social networks, in this bundle of code. In fact, it is believed that “Find My Friends” will be a social network that makes it easier to find your friends when they are nearby. This uses GPS location data from your phone to locate, and then display a friends’ location.

Apple hasn’t announced such a feature, and since it was found way back in iOS 4.3, it could very well mean that Apple has given up on the idea. That said, Apple has filed multiple patents in regards to such technologies.

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