Stop saying that location-based reminders are unavalible on 3GS! Look at this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gupD5fFb0Z0 . So how did he get this work? i don't know. but he did!
that's why WE NEED THE SOLUTION!
For everyone that does not have them working - do not fret, unfortunately if you have an active reminder set to "arrive" at a location, location services stays on all of the time, thus making it such a battery killer that it is almost useless...
I apologize, that link I posted concerning battery life and location reminders was mis-leading, I should have linked Page 2
(Here is another, more recent [and applicable] link: http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/3770/64/ )
The fact that location services is always on when a location reminder is active is not at all off-topic since the iPhone 4/4S's GPS chip is completely different and uses much less battery power than the 3GS and below. (I remember my 3GS used to even get hot when I kept the GPS on too long!)
I just tested my iPhone 4 with no open apps and I lost 25% of my power in 3 hours just because I had a single location-reminder. That to me makes the feature un-usable even on an iPhone 4 - I can only imagine how bad it would be on a 3GS. I agree with this post and believe that is why they imposed the limitation.
It's a shame, I also loved the idea in theory. Although if you think about it, how else would your phone know that you arrived somewhere unless it always had its GPS turned-on?
It's unfortunate they couldn't have made it day-based. For example, I set a location-based reminder for Wednesday, November 16, and on that day, my GPS kicks in full-time until the reminder goes off. What's the point of having the location services constantly pinging for a reminder that isn't going to happen for a month? Battery drain would have sucked on the 16th, but at least it still would have been useful. As it is, unless the battery really is significantly improved on the 4S, I don't know if I'll use this feature, as cool as it could be.
I'm not finding that the location services are always on if "On a Day" is set to a day in the future. I also just noticed that the reminder tells you the behavior you should expect ("On October 15th, you will be reminded when you arrive at this location, or by 10:00 AM that day at the latest."). This seems to indicate that location services will only be turned on during the day of the reminder. I scheduled this reminder as shown below, and location services are not currently on.
The device in that video you linked was an iPod touch. Pay close attention to the top left corner of the device.
Second, the video has a date stamp of July 1st 2011, which means it was created and uploaded around that time as well. This means that he was likely running a developers build of iOS 5 and not the public release we all received on Oct. 12th.
All features are made available regardless of the device for development purposes.
It's not a deep dark conspiracy to anger ihone 3Gs owners. Its in the read me before youinstall iOS 5.
- Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
- Track messages with delivery and read receipts
- Group messaging and secure encryption
- Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*
- Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
- Displays the cover of the latest issue
- Background downloads of new issues
- Reminders for managing to do lists
- Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
- Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
- Built-in support for Twitter
- Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
- Add location to any tweet
- View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
They can state it in a readme, but on their main website there is no distinction whatsoever between the iPhone 3GS and 4(s). So if you choose a new iPhone 3GS you are screwd because you were misinformed.
Again, just look at this page:
And its not mentioned when you in the apple store website.
This is just wrong.