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  • Find My iPhone and Find My Friends Come Built-In with iOS 9 as Native Apps

    Apple’s “Find My iPhone” and “Find My Friends” applications appear to be built in to the first beta of iOS 9, a move which hints that they could be added to the growing list of native iPhone apps when the software update launches this fall. For those of you who didn’t already know, in iOS 8, both Find My iPhone and Find My Friends are optional installs from the App Store. In the first beta of iOS 9, they seem to come preinstalled and they cannot be removed.

    The Cupertino California company previously made a similar move, making both the iBooks and the Podcasts app included in iOS 8 as a native application. This actually turned out favorably for Apple as many users ended up actually using the apps, helping Apple grow out their two smaller platforms.

    It should be noted that in addition to baking in Find My Friends into the first iOS 9 beta, the app also appears to be accompanied by a new Notification Center widget. The widget allows users to see their nearby friends and tap to open the app, all right from the notification center. Opening the app offers a more detailed view of all of the friends’ location shared through the application.

    Other notable changes include the rebranding of Passbook to “Wallet,” while Newsstand is replaced with a new Flipboard-like app called “News.” As of right now, News hasn’t been found in the first beta release of iOS 9 but will likely make it to later versions.

    Source: Apple via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Find My iPhone and Find My Friends Come Built-In with iOS 9 as Native Apps started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Not a fan of FMF, but FMi is pretty dang useful.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Oh great more bs to take up space
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I'd be Nice if FMF could be Like Life 360, that's one reason why I DON'T use FMF.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I should have the option to delete bloatware. If i don't use it, why should it take up space on MY phone? I understand native apps and some are needed. I don't need FMF. FMi is useful. I don't need Tips either. Seems like Apple is adding new mandatory space takers by the year.
    1. seanymACK's Avatar
      seanymACK -
      I find FMF very useful. My wife and my sister can know where i am without calling and asking, and i can ask them pick up something for me when i see them at walmart :]
    1. bbrks's Avatar
      bbrks -
      So you have to be very careful where you go...
    1. Dhawkins541's Avatar
      Dhawkins541 -
      Ok  more native apps please for the love of candy just make a hide native apps menu in the settings options. Yeah I know you can tuck them in a folder but to be honest I don't like nope don't like it. Wait I don't like the look of the folders can we make them less ugly less folder looking yeah do that Home Depot style. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      F**K Apple and their Builtin trash apps. More junk to add to my "Useless" Folder that I cannot delete.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Smh... Another way of them to keep track of our whereabouts! Leaving us without option is unacceptable. I'm so grateful for other choices such as BlackBerry OS 10 and Jolla Sailfish OS.