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Location-specific home screens coming to the iPhone?

According to a patent filing back in February, Apple may be working on a new location-specific home screen for the iPhone. In the patent, Apple outlines how a user could set a persistent default location in the weather app, and set location-based arrangements of app icons on the home screen. The patent drawings show icons for local contacts, local weather, local time and local maps.

Instead of having to manually enter your location, you'd have a "here" button within the weather app (and possibly others?) that would use your current location to configure everything for you. The patent also suggests that apps could get location-specific icons, featuring landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge or the New York City skyline. These features obviously aren't of much interest for those who don't travel, but for all you bicoastal, iPhone-toting gadabouts, this is good news.

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