iPhone to Geo-Tag Other Cameras?

Apple's new iPhoto 09 will use the geo-tag data recorded by the iPhone 3G's camera to map out the locations of your pictures. But what if you're no using the iPhone for all your pictures? What if you have a regular old point-and-shoot or even a DSLR without GPS? One approach would be to use a stand-alone GPS to record your position and then cross-reference the time-stamp on your photos to add in the location data later. And, hey, the iPhone just happens to have that GPS, and it looks like a control panel found by TidBITS (via Ars Technica) in iPhoto 09 hints that Apple might be adding that functionality in the future.

Since recording Geo-Tag information would require some form of GPS running in the background, we may not see this until a future iPhone firmware update, perhaps 3.0 in June?

Still, it's nice to see more clues as to just what Apple might be considering...

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Rene Ritchie

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iPhone to Geo-Tag Other Cameras?


It would be good to use GPS on all phones, so when someone dials 911, the responders could locate them. Great idea for the elderly.