Apple updates Find My Friends app with new UI

By , Mar 28, 2013

find my friends 2-1

Apple has released an update to Find My Friends this morning, bringing the app to version 2.1. This is the first Find My Friends release since 2.0.1 came out last October, which added new location-based notifications.

Today’s update adds what Apple is calling a “New UI to search for and set location-based notifications.” No, that doesn’t mean that the ugly leather texture is gone. But it does mean that some parts of the app look better…

And believe it or not, that’s the only change listed for Find My Friends 2.1, in addition to the usual bug fixes and improvements. Apple is also careful to mention that the location-based reminders are for iOS 6+ users only.

Apple launched the Friend-Finding app back in 2011, alongside iOS 5. Initially, it was only good for locating friends and family from your iOS device, and sharing your location with them. But it received a major update last year.

With iOS 6, Apple added the ability to set location-based reminders in Find My Friends. So you can now use it as a tracking service, notifying you when your kids leave school or a family member arrives home from a road trip.

Honestly, I don’t really use the app—I just haven’t found a need for it. But if you do, you’ll want to grab this update, which you can find in the App Store, for free.

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  • http://www.soundwrightpro.com/ Duwayne A. Wright

    I wish the new “notify me” was a hybrid of the old and the new system. Before I would just click my location. It’s annoying dragging a pin to where I am. Makes the feature much harder to use.

  • http://twitter.com/JailBreakFiles Jailbreak101

    Works even better and a bit faster than before…. Great for Tracking your Family, Spouse, Kids, Friends, Co Workers, … Enemies as well!

    You can even in open Regular Apple Maps plus real time Notifications when someone leaves or arrives at a destination! … Love that part!
    Does work on a Jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini flawlessly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rgomesbr Rodrigo Gomes

    I use it to keep track of my young sister… It’s helpful!

    • David Villamizar

      You are scary…

      • jgr627

        No, your scary….

      • Ben

        *you’re

      • jgr627

        Don’t be scared homie this just a comment on the Internet

      • Ben

        I was simply correcting your spelling, nothing to be scared about.

      • jgr627

        Gee thanks I don’t know what I would do with out u lil’ homie

      • Ben

        Anytime.

      • Kurt

        You forgot “is”

      • David Villamizar

        I really don’t want to be his sister :S
        This should be illegal.

      • jgr627

        He’s just makin sure his lil sis good I don’t see anything wrong with that, I wouldn’t mind if I had a big brother ready to kill for me the day I get jammed up

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        Why? He is just avoiding watching his little sister someday at MTV.. you know, fortunately we still have some (rare) people who cares about their family.

      • David Villamizar

        It’s her privacy, no one should mess with that. Unless she underaged, then her parents should, not his brother. If she wants to be in MTV she will, no matter what you do.

    • RarestName

      My family use it to track each other so that we know where each one of us is going :)

    • Jimothy

      That’s a great idea. :)

    • Ricky Bobby Johnson

      Look it’s scarface Lolz!

  • Chuck Finley

    Find My Friends has always creeped me the hell out. Sure, I love my friends and they’re all awesome but there’s no reason why I’d ever need to know where my friends are every second of their lives…that’s just creepy.

  • Manuel

    I wish the new notify me was a hybird of the of the old and new system. Before I would just click my location. It’s annoying dragging a pinto where I’m. Makes the feature much harder to use.