RUMOR: Apple and Google to add geotagging to iPhoto

“This has yet to be announced by Apple or Google, but Mactelchat forum user javester has been poking around in the code and noticed something fishy. Javester stated one of his/her findings as follows: ‘In the Localizable.strings file inside the iPhoto app bundle, we find several intriguing keys, including one called GPSMapURL which is preset to ‘”!’ In real people terms, this means iPhoto has code that links to Google Maps,” Doug Berger reports for Gadgetell.

“If you’re not familiar with geotagging, sites like Flickr and a whole slew of Google Maps API-based sites use it to mark on a map where something happened. In the case of iPhoto, it would mark on a map where each picture or album was taken,” Berger explains.

Berger reports, “Javester also found a hidden ‘Show’ button that would link to a Google Map of the location.” Full article here.

And, javester has posted a video of iPhoto geotagging in action:

iPhoto Google Maps Geotagging Unlocked:

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  1. Oh, yeah – this’ll help millions of people who can’t remember where they were standing when they took that shot of the Eiffel Tower, or the Washington Monument, or the Grand Canyon… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. This just means that instead of taking pictures of your vacation, just go to Google Earth, click on your destination, and print out photos of where you went. For more realism, iPhoto will now automatically crop members of your family and friends and place them in the photo.

    Forget about the government being big brother, Google and Apple now have secret plans to take over the world by tracking all of the inhabitants of the world and secretly laughing at us all in our silly vacation pictures…

  3. Hey, I just had a real evil idea.
    How about this thought??
    Apple iPhone. New cell phones come with GPS installed so when you call for help, the medics can find you. Take a picture, it gets geo tagged and send it to iPhoto. Now you can take pictures on the road and phone them home with a gps link so their location is tracked for later use.

    Any thoughts?????


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