Apple has recently filed a patent with details for location-based apps. These location based apps will automatically appear on your home screen when your phone senses that it is in a specific area.
What does this mean for the end user?
Well let’s just say that you get that spontaneous urge to go out for dinner one night with your special someone, so you don’t have reservations to that fancy restaurant and you want to know what the wait time is, what do you do? Most people would have to pull up to the door or park their vehicle and go inside to ask a host or hostess. But with your iPhone you might one day be able to skip that hassle and idle in the parking lot while an icon displaying the wait time autonomously pops up on your home screen, now you glance at your phone and you can quickly decide whether or not the food is worth the wait or not.
Another way this can help is if you are a college student or an avid reader. Have you ever been in the public library and wanted to find that certain book but all of the computers with the card catalogues are in use by other patrons what do you do? Are you going to patiently wait for someone to get up? Well with this technology you can whip out your iPhone and open up a new app that will display the card catalogue for that library.
(via: Patently Apple)