We’re very pleased to announce that Whereoscope version 2.1 has been approved by Apple.
There are lots of small changes in this version as well as one big one: you can now control the background location algorithm.
In previous versions we used our own hybrid algorithm to determine exactly when your iPhone will update its location. This would take into account the battery level, your current location, and several other factors.
But due to user demand, we’ve now exposed this as 2 simpler versions:
- Update when I change cell towers:
Whenever you change cell towers (which are normally around 1 mile apart), Whereoscope will turn on the GPS and get a highly accurate sample. This is very conservative on battery consumption as it will only draw power when you move around. However, if you stay in the same place it will not update your location.
This setting will prevent your family members from force-Refreshing your phone unless it is moving. Once you stop moving, Whereoscope will go to sleep.
- Update every 1 to 60 minutes
This lets you specify exactly how frequently you want Whereoscope to update. The default is set to 10 minutes, but you can change it to whatever you want to manage battery consumption and timeliness.
This setting will allow members of your family to always force-Refresh your device’s location.
You can change algorithms whenever you like.
Version 2.1 also contains an embedded tour to guide users through setting up different elements of Whereoscope such as inviting family members, or adding their Home and Work locations.
I’ve also updated our translations page to reflect the new translations that have come in – thanks Rios & Burak!
Stay tuned for more exciting things coming soon!