Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,019,888) for “weather-based reminders” on its various devices. For example, an amount of rainfall as measured in inches or centimeters can be rounded up or down to the nearest whole unit of measurement.
In another example, a requirement of a particular amount of rainfall or particular temperature could accept some variance above or below the required conditions to account for variations in weather readings. For example, the reminder application might consider temperature values plus or minus some delta to allow for variations between the weather-reading location and another location (e.g., a family member's house).
Per the patent, the reminder app provides a set of tools to create a reminder and associate the reminder with a weather condition for a location. To present a weather-based reminder, the app of some embodiments identifies a reminder associated with a weather condition for a location.
It then retrieves weather data for that location. After retrieving the weather data, the app then compares the weather data with the weather condition. When the weather data satisfies the weather condition, the application presents the reminder.
Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.
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