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As promised, Apple has just released Find My Friends app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 5.

Find My Friends app will provide iOS 5 users with a handy way of stalking each other when Facebook, Google Latitude or Foursquare just doesn’t suffice.

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From iTunes:

Find My Friends allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Install this free app on your iOS 5 device and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is easy – just send a request to see their location. Once your friend accepts using the Find My Friends app, you will then be able to see that friend’s location on a list or on a map.

You can also choose to share your location for a limited period of time with a group of friends.

Use Find My Fridns to keep track of your traveling companions when you’re on vacation. Or to see if the kinds are home from school. Or to find the friends you’re meeting for dinner.

FEATURES
• Easily locate friends and family
• Temporary sharing option
• Simple privacy controls
• Parental restrictions 
• Free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Seriously though, although it could be used in such a manner, Find My Friends provides practical benefits. It will let those using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch find another user’s location using list or map view – providing said user accepts an invitation (so all you covert stalkers should probably stick with Facebook). If you were at a restaurant, say, and your friend was on the way but lost, instead of the tedious "I can see a shop with orange windows" or "I’m by the bridge", you could actively seek exactly where said friend was and help him or her along the way. Additionally, it will also be handy when trying to find your buddies when at a music festival or concert, seeing as those places are often crowded and loud – two real hindrances when trying to locate others.

It’s interesting to see how much of the market Apple is trying to gobble up for itself this Fall. There’s iTunes Match (Spotify), Cards (Moonpig, Hallmark), Find My Friends (Foursquare/Google Latitude) amongst others. Will Apple be able to expand its presence in the market, or does the Cupertino company have its head stuck in the iCloud?

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