Apple Developing iNeed-A-Friend Application
Making friends sucks. Especially in real life. You have to go through the painstakingly awkward introductions, the small talk, and then if you realize you don't hate the other person, somehow drop a hint that you want to hang out again at some other time.
Not to mention this can take time, effort, and skill most of us lack when dealing with face-to-face contact in this inpersonal information age. Thankfully Apple has the answer according to a new patent application.
The patented application would cull data from other iPhones or smart phones in your vicinity to see if the owner of said device shares common interests with you. The data used to find potential friends would be based on "activities performed on the mobile device, a trajectory of the mobile device (e.g., places traveled), or other public data available from the mobile device (e.g., pictures shared)."
Finally a useful reason for my location data to be stored and known at all times. The service would be an opt-in affair as to avoid a litany of privacy concerns. Still I can't wait till this patent becomes reality. Lord knows something as imperfect as making friends definitely needs the Apple touch to be improved.