iPhone2 Apple updates Find My iPhone feature with driving directions

Apple's updated version of the Find My iPhone application now includes driving directions, leading users directly to the location of their missing devices.

Apple's updated version of the Find My iPhone application now includes driving directions, leading users directly to the location of their missing devices.

Former versions of the functionality would trace a missing device to a location, and display that location as an icon on a map. Now, this icon includes a car symbol. Tapping on it induces the device to bring up driving instructions, so that an iDevice owner can find his Apple product with much less guesswork.

iPhone Apple updates Find My iPhone feature with driving directions

 

The Find My iPhone feature has come in handy before, defeating theft, and possible loss of valuable merchandise. One caveat to the Find My iPhone feature is that robbers can disable it even without knowledge of a user's passcode. This does make the application less secure – however, the application is undoubtedly valuable in cases of accidental loss.

One possible objection to the Find My iPhone app is that it is an iOS application – meaning that it would seem to require an Apple device to run. So unless you have two different iOS devices, and only one of them is lost, the feature may not seem very useful. However, the functionality is also usable on iCloud.com, using mapping data by Google (Google – rather than Apple's own Apple Maps).

Find My iPhone is now a free feature, and has been since 2010. Despite the name, the feature is not limited to iPhones, and will help to track other iDevices like the iPod touch, iPad, and MacBook.

Perhaps in the future, Apple can improve functionality even further with pedestrian directions. Any long term user of an iPhone knows that the biggest suspect location of missing devices is somewhere in the recesses of your own home – and that would not render very useful driving instructions.

 

Source:CNET