Another day reveals another Apple patent. This time it’s called “Device-to-Device Location Awareness” and basically gives iPhone users the ability to share their location with other iPhone users via GPS with the touch of a button. The opposite can also happen too… a friend could request your location. I’m sure there are a number of security issues around this patent but the description goes into detail of how the location can be sent via text message and most likely pop open a map with your exact positioning.
The official description states: “During an ongoing wireless telephone call communication session between a pair of mobile devices, a local device responds to its user’s activation of a virtual or actual button or key, or its user’s verbal command, by automatically sending an over the air message (e.g., a SMS or text message or other network communication message) to the remote device. The message requests location information of the remote device. Upon obtaining location information from the remote device, a location of the remote device is automatically displayed on the local device. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.”
Check it our here at US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)