It seems that everyone has gone location crazy with the arrival of iOS 5. And for good reason.
I’m already enjoying the new Reminders app and how it can tell me to take my trash to the road the moment I get home from work. Dave Caolo really likes it, too (reminders, not my household sanitation).
Even OmniFocus for iPhone now allows location-triggered reminders.
And speaking of the OmniGroup, they’ve helped clear up one of my biggest concerns with using location-aware tasks: how much battery life is that always-there GPS icon costing me?
If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, the news is good:
… the iPhone 4 (and 4S) include a feature called “region monitoring”, which lets them track the devices’ location via GPS without running down the battery. iPad 2 models with 3G also have this capability. Unfortunately, devices released before then don’t have a low-power way to monitor their location as accurately, so they won’t be able to use this type of reminder in OmniFocus. (The Reminders app included in iOS 5 has the same limitation.)
How dare I doubt Apple.
(h/t to Eric Beavers)
Never again will any of us have to forecast exactly when we’ll arrive at a specific position in space. Now if I could just find an app that knows when I’m motivated to do a task, too. Sigh. ↩