Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system will include the CoreLocation framework previously available in the iPhone SDK, according to AppleInsider.
Because Macs don’t natively include GPS, CoreLocation uses networking hardware to find the latitude and longitude coordinates of the computer. It would derive the location in a similar fashion to Google Gears finding your desktop location with Google Latitude.
Developers will also have access to new Cocoa-based programming tools that will allow multitouch to be included in applications for the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
I’ve fully expected Apple to include CoreLocation into the latest operating system. Mozilla’s Firefox browser supports the W3C Geolocation API, while the Windows 7 operating system will have its own CoreLocation framework when released.
Desktop location awareness, via OS or web browser, allows application developers to leverage the same geo-targeting capabilities on the desktop as with GPS-supported mobile apps. As the traditional desktop and web become increasingly intermingled–for instance, offline Gmail–across the board location awareness will improve search, content delivery, and even the advertisements you see on your computer screen.