iPhone 4S: Find My Friends

October 5, 2011

Anyone who’s ever met friends at a concert or a crowded restaurant knows the inevitable flurry of texts that follow as you try to find one another.

Apple is hoping to eliminate those vague texts — “kind of by the stage,” “near the bar” or “next to this huge guy in a Nats hat” come to mind— with its new Find My Friends app.

Find my Friends is a free app that lets users share their location with friends and family. And they are able to control that geo-sharing by setting a timer — a few hours, a day, a weekend — or simply turning off the feature with the flick of an on-screen switch.

The new app, included as a part of iCloud, can also locate a lost Apple device.

In a nod to parents, the app includes some parental controls that manage how children use Find My Friends and that protect those settings with a password.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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