It’s only 11 more days until we expect to see a global mad rush for the new 3G iPhone. Come its release date July 11, we may see the beginning of a mobile location-based revolution spurred on by competition from Google’s Android platform and Nokia’s all-out purchase of the soon-to-be completely open source Symbian OS. Around the release somewhere we’ll also see the opening of Apple’s online app store and here’s a couple of location-based apps to whet your appetite.
Home Findr, developed by CodeMorphic, and completely free of charge is geared toward those looking for a home. Using the 3G iPhone’s built-in GPS functionality it’ll locate you and then list all of the homes for sale in the area with details including price, size and the realtor you’ll need to contact. Of course there’ll be pictures of all of the available homes as well. Like what you see and you’ll be on the phone with the realtor with a tap of the touchscreen. Home Findr will be available in mid-July.
Whrrl, developed by Pelago, and the first iPhone app to receive funding from the Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers $100 million iFund geared towards developers expanding on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, combines mapping with social networking principles to help users find local POIs ranked most relevant by other users. Looking for the best coffee joint within 10 blocks? Whrrl uses ratings from friends and other Whrrl users to direct you to the best coffee as ranked by all others. Still in beta, Whrrl is available to provide and event and place data in 17 major American markets.