Find My Friends & AirPort Utility Apps Hit The Store

iOS 5

Apple has just released the AirPort Utility and Find My Friends app in the App Store ahead of the iOS 5 launch.

The new AirPort Utility app allows users to administer AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule base stations. While, Find My Friends allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Here’s a description of the app from the App Store:

Use AirPort Utility to manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and TimeCapsule – right from your iPad, iPhone, ir iPod touch. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more. AirPort Utility works with all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule.

AirPort Utility app needs iOS 5. Apple had initially integrated this functionality into iOS 5, but seems to have decided to launch a standalone app as not all iOS device users would have Apple’s basestations. You can download it using this App Store link.

Here’s a brief description of Find My Friends app from the App Store:

Find My Friends allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Install this free app on your iOS 5 device and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is easy – just send a request to see their location. Once your friend accepts using the Find My Friends app, you will then be able to see that friend’s location on a list or on a map.

Find My Friends is a universal app compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As previously mentioned, it requires iOS 5 and is therefore limited to the models capable of running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which include the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd- and 4th-generation iPod touch, and the iPad and iPad 2.

Find My Friends app also needs iOS 5. You can download it using this App Store link.

We also expect Apple to release the new Cards app, which was introduced at the Let’s Talk iPhone event last week.