New iPhone iOS 5 will challenge Twitter and Facebook

By Posted 17 Jun 2011, 18:57

Millions of people regularly use social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. But things are changing and the new iPhone iOS 5 will challenge the likes of Twitter and Facebook in the future.

When Apple announced to the world earlier this month about iOS 5, it was revealed that it would be fully integrating Twitter when it is made available. But according to an article on Patently Apple, that doesn’t seem enough for the company.

It has been revealed that a new patent application by Apple hints the company is working on a new iOS social networking application. This new app will use a variety of methods to match people up. Social applications already available use algorithms to match people to other members by their interests and values.

What Apple is working on will use new methods like sharing location data on different levels. It could inform others if you have been to an event such as WWDC, or where you have been such as New York. This could be an ice breaker in meeting new friends, and at the moment seems to be a small part in a bigger application plan.

Current social networks take longer to find people who have similar interests. Apple’s take on social networking uses ad hoc networking which is based on content and location. The Apple application shows that a user can identify another user if they are close by, but only if they have agreed to participate in ad hoc networking that is based on content and location.