Apple has been quitely rolling out some interesting new features with each beta release of their iPhone SDK. The latest pre-release version of iPhone firmware 2.0 included with SDK has added geo-tagging to the Camera application feature.
Geo-tagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata such as latitude and longitude coordinates or even place names to media files such as images etc so that the geo-tagged files can later be referenced, searched and grouped based on their origin.
The pre-release version of iPhone firmware 2.0 included in the latest iPhone Software Development Kit has revealed that firmware location-aware services such as "Maps" and "Camera" will ask iPhone user’s permission before transmitting data used to identify their current geographical location as can be seen from the screenshots below.
The geo-tagging feature will probably use the Wi-Fi base stations and cell tower triangulation method or the real GPS receiver (which is being speculated in the next version of the iPhone) to pin-point the location.
You will also have the option to toggle this feature on or off which from the screenshot above should fall under a broader "Location Services" preference.
In addition to this new geo-tagging feature, iPhone firmware 2.0 which is expected to be released to iPhone users in June has already revealed some interesting new features such as:
- Chinese Handwriting Recognition Feature
- Ability to Save Images from Email Attachments
- Save Images straight from iPhone’s Safari browser
- Contact Search and Embedded YouTube Support coming to the iPhone
- Import SIM Contacts feature