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You know, I keep getting e-mails, and I know they’re genuine. I know that you sending them are not tweaking me. I keep getting e-mails, and I should have never brought this up. People keep begging me to explain what my favorite feature is in iOS 8 that Apple has taken out that’s got me so depressed.
Folks, look, I’m embarrassed that this feature is that big a deal to me. I don’t even know why it is. If I were to explain it to you, you would say, “That is enough to depress you?” Yeah. It would also take me a little while to explain it, and I’m probably one of five people that care about it. So in terms of market share, for example, I don’t know how many people would be interested even though I’m the one explaining it.
I do believe I can make anything interesting and compelling. Plus I don’t know that it would make any difference. I mean, if Apple found out how much I liked it, they might never put it back. For example, it’s like what the governor of New York said when he found out that all it took was raising taxes to get me to leave the state. He said he’d have done it sooner.
That was David Paterson. Remember that? Of course, the Drive-Bys chuckled at that. They got a big, big laugh. (interruption) Where is he? I don’t know. Doesn’t he have a motel room somewhere? (interruption) So I don’t know. If I tell ’em how much I like it, they might just leave it out for spite. They might be planning to put it back in. I don’t know.
You know what really grates me about it, though? These tech bloggers — and I know this is unfair. I’m talking to you about something you don’t know about. The tech bloggers routinely tell people, “Turn the feature off. It’s a battery hog,” and, at the same time, they love the exact same thing in Android.
They rave about it. It’s called Google Now, and they rave about it, and yet they tell people to turn it off on their iPhones. Frequent Locations is what it is, but that’s not the feature. That’s just the name. (interruption) Yeah, it stopped. It stopped. Now the phone’s not hot and it’s behaving normally.
iDownloadBlog’s Sébastien Page covered this feature last October, “In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to use the Frequent Locations in iOS 7 in order to find out information about your Next Destination.”
“Buried deep inside your Location Services privacy settings is a feature Apple calls Frequent Locations. When turned on, your device will quietly keep track of locations you go to on a regular basis. For most people, this could be school, work, home, or any location that is frequently visited,” Page reports. “Without any action required from the user, your device will effectively keep a log of your regular whereabouts. This data is not only used to improve Maps, but also to provide you with location-related information.”
“This location-related information is part of what Apple calls Next Destination, a feature that will display travel time to your Frequent Locations in Notification Center,” Page reports. “For example, if you go to the office everyday around 8am, your iPhone will detect the pattern, and after a few days, it will start showing the travel time to that destination in your Notification Center, allowing you to adapt the time you leave home accordingly, if needed.”
Page writes, “Although it doesn’t do much if your Next Destination is right down the street, this feature can be very helpful for commuters. If you have to drive downtown everyday, it’s nice to have an estimated time to destination on your screen prior to leaving home for work.”
Read more about how to use Frequent Locations and Next Destination features in iOS 7 here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]