Apple Is Building a New App You’ll Use Way More Than Maps
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Apple Is Building a New App You’ll Use Way More Than Maps

Tech companies these days know where you go and what you do (hi, Google) and while there are times when this is super creepy — okay, a lot of the times — it can also be kind of helpful when you use location services, like letting you know about cool shops and events going on nearby. According to Tech Insider, tech giant Apple is working on a newly leaked app that will track you even when you’re inside a building called the Indoor Survey App.

While the listing is currently hidden on the App Store, you can see the app in iTunes via a direct link. The app is intended to “enable indoor positioning within a venue using the Indoor Survey App,” according to the app description.

What that means is that you can use the app to locate yourself within an indoor space by dropping “points” on a map to indicate your position. Then, by measuring the radio frequency (RF) signal data in conjunction with with the iPhone’s own sensor data, the app can then track your position as you walk through a space. Pretty amazing if you think about it.

An indoor positioning app would certainly come in handy the next time you’re navigating through a large space like Comic Con, a train station and maybe even a department store so you always know exactly where the bathroom is. But more importantly, the Indoor Survey App could potentially save lives, helping first responders find you during an emergency when you’re inside a building.

Now that’s helpful.

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(h/t Tech Insider, photos via Chip Somodevilla/Getty + Apple)