Apple yesterday announced a new operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, called iOS5. Apple says there are more than 200 changes and improvements in this major operating system update, including wireless syncing. The free iOS5 update will be available to consumers this fall. One GPS-based feature that was mentioned, but didn't get much press, was the new Reminders app with location-based geofence capability. Reminders will let users create to-do lists with due dates and locations. Reminders will work with the new iCloud, so your lists will automatically update to all of your i-devices. You may set locations within Reminders ("work," "home" etc. - any location radius you want) and then tie specific reminders and/or associated lists with these locations. The Reminders app then taps into your device's GPS and/or WiFi positioning capability to ping you with a reminder when you enter or leave one of your set geofences.
One simple example of how to use this feature is a grocery store list with the grocery store set as a geofence. Another would be a to-do list or action reminder associated with a particular client or work-site location. Reminders may be set to alert "When I Arrive" or "When I Leave" a geofenced area. Image © Apple