Apple Patents Google Latitude-like Service for iPhone... with Front Facing Camera?

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Did Apple reject Google Latitude from the App Store because they're getting ready to launch a similar service of their own... that also uses a front-facing camera? Maybe, maybe not, but Patently Apple found this latest application, and 9to5mac seems to think it's a possibility:

In Apple's implementation, it looks like the location data can be carried in an SMS or Instant Message (interesting news in its own right), which can then be opened in the Maps application to show the other person's location relative to the iPhone user's. Also, note what appears to be another instance of a front-facing camera on the iPhone image below. We're calling it now: iPhone 4G (and tablet + maybe iPod touch) get front faing cameras. Who is with us?

We are. At least it makes sense in the iTablet/iSlate, and it's always near the top of new iPhone hardware feature requests (though would it be WiFi only to prevent AT&T towers from melting?)

Of course, our wishing has never, not ever, made Apple make it so...

Rene Ritchie

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tworth23 says:

Renee,
Could it be possible for the 4th generation iPhone to have a front facing camera even though this patent was filed so late or could this patent be for 5th gen iPhone. The next gen iPhone is due out in June.

dOG says:

No, this is a iPhone 7g feature. Next is multitasking and then its better MobileMe syncing.

Gmachine says:

I would totally dig a front "faing" camera right about now. Actually the front facing camera is what's possibly making me hold out for my iPhone '10. If not. I'm gonna shake things up a bit and try out a blackberry 9700 until apple wows me with another cool feature that my sisters cheap ass Droid already has.

matthew23 says:

I'm mixed on the need for a tablet. I think i'm covered between my macbook and my iphone. the iTablet just doesn't really seem to fit for me....maybe they will convince me otherwise when/if it comes out.

iSkythe says:

I'm sorry, but where is the front-facing camera? All I see is dotted circles. In other Apple patents, the dotted lines indicated things on the inside, like the proximity sesor. I would LOVE a front facing camera, but I'm just not sure about this.

Perry Pio says:

Found out about a new video chat site called Chat Spasm.