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Are We Using Geofencing Wrong? — The Brooks Review ›

When Apple announced their reminders app, and a new API, that allows geofenc­ing in iOS, I was pret­ty pumped. To be able to sched­ule a task to alert you the moment you enter or leave a loca­tion seemed pret­ty cool. But, as with many things, the demo proved to be much cool­er than the actu­al real world use case.

Ben’s not alone with this feel­ing. I was excit­ed when Geofenc­ing was released, I always for­get stuff at the super­mar­ket so the notion of being remind­ed when I arrived to buy some­thing sound­ed great. In prac­tise not so much.
Since Instapa­per with back­ground update loca­tions launched I’ve been putting it to use on my iPhone. It’s bril­liant and I already want more devel­op­ers to imple­ment some­thing sim­i­lar (hint, hint Insta­cast). It feels like this is such an obvi­ous thing to do that I’m baf­fled no one thought of it soon­er. It feels like this kind of thing is what Apple cre­at­ed the Geofences for.