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Can't remember where you parked your car? Don't worry! Your iPhone 4S will, AUTOMATICALLY!
Can't remember where you parked your car? Don't worry! Your iPhone 4S will, AUTOMATICALLY!
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Battery drain issue and Dropbox sync’ing

Yesterday, Apple responded to our question regarding the battery drain issue. They communicated that Cell Tower Monitoring does not require setting the location flag in UIBackgroundModes and we are implementing this change in the 1.1.2. version of Find My Car Smarter.  The updated version should be approved by the end of the week. We’re interested in having some beta testers stress test this change a bit more. Please email us if you’re interested in helping. 

Honestly we’re not entirely sure why clearing the location flag helps, but it appears to work. We will be running a few more tests to help us understand this behavior more.

Last week, we released our 1.1.1 update with a few UI tweaks, which were based on feedback from our forum. We have also added a feature to temporary disable the compass rotation to make map reading easier and we hope that you find the new UI to be less cluttered.

We are continuing to work on the 1.2 update and it is progressing well. We have the Dropbox sync’ing feature working now and just need to integrate the functionality into the UI. With this new feature, anyone who shares a car will now be able to sync that car’s parked location with others. We think we’ll be able to release this in another two weeks or so. 

Thank you again for your continuing patience while we improve our product. 

Comments

    1. Creator FMC Smart on April 12, 2012

      @Adam, No the location indicator in the status bar will still be present. We continue to use Cell Tower Monitoring for application relaunch and the status bar icon indicates this. Apple's recommendation refers to an flag within the app bundle; it's not something that is visible to customers.

    2. Creator Adam Ring on April 9, 2012

      "They communicated that Cell Tower Monitoring does not require setting the location flag in UIBackgroundModes" Does this mean that Location indicator doesn't have to stay on all the time?

    3. Creator David Black on April 4, 2012

      iPad3 support++

    4. Creator Rachel Steele on April 2, 2012

      Any chance of making it work on the new iPad?

    5. Creator Robert Gauthier on April 1, 2012

      would be willing to do teasing

    6. Creator Terri Chavez on April 1, 2012

      I would like to be a tester...

    7. Creator FMC Smart on April 1, 2012

      @Niels, Please send us an email at fmc.btle@gmail.com
      @Hugo, Yes the current release already supports multiple vehicles. We'll be making this even clearer when we add the Dropbox sync'ing functionality.

    8. Creator Hugo Horta Ruivinho on April 1, 2012

      Is it technically possible to ad more then one car?
      two cars -> two locations ->two usb dongles

    9. Creator Niels Vanspauwen on April 1, 2012

      I'm willing to beta test if you still need candidates...

    10. Creator FMC Smart on April 1, 2012

      @Gary,

      It is technically feasible for us to make a version of Find My Car Smarter for the iPad. However in the Bluetooth standard a device can only be a slave to a single master at a time. Therefore if you have an iPhone 4S & an iPad 3 both paired to a single device, it's somewhat random whether the iPhone or the iPad will get the connection and therefore the updated parking location. Since a large majority of people always carry their phone with them we've chosen to only support the iPhone to eliminate this confusion.

    11. Creator Gary LaPointe on April 1, 2012

      Sorry if this has been covered, any chance of this running on the iPad 3?
      The app is designated as only iPhone 4s...