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To her cha­grin, Jen­nifer Phin is newly ex­cited about ge­ofenc­ing

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Ap­ple’s wwdc event may have saved my mar­riage, with the an­nounce­ment of new de­vel­op­ments in ge­ofenc­ing. There’s a sen­tence I never thought I’d type into a Google Doc, but hey, it’s 2017, pol­i­tics has gone nuts, and ap­par­ently you can eat Pop Tarts with­out toast­ing them first – so let’s just ac­cept the new re­al­ity and move on. My hus­band loves ge­ofenc­ing.

Loves it. When he leaves the house, all the lights go off. As his car pulls back into the drive at night, a tree of twin­kling fairy lights blos­soms and wel­comes him home. When he climbs into bed and says “Good­night” to Siri, the house falls into dark­ness save for a small night­light in our daugh­ter’s room. Some­times he talks wist­fully of the day that our Eve Mo­tion sen­sor will in­form us of move­ment in our at­tic when we’re both out, rather than when I charge up there to chase an over­con­fi­dent bat. Al­though why that’s a dream sce­nario I re­ally have no idea.

This is all fine and dandy, ex­cept that our ge­ofenc­ing is tied to his de­vices. So for the first week af­ter set­ting it up, and in­ter­mit­tently since, the child and I find our­selves al­ter­nately plunged into dark­ness, con­fused by a night­light, or star­tled by a tree. My nerves are now com­pletely shot.

But hope, like a tod­dler caught in the dark on a potty, springs. Ap­ple’s WWDC key­note this year an­nounced an up­date to HomeKit to al­low multi­user ge­ofenc­ing. So soon the house will only go dark if both my hus­band and I are out, and will be lit again when the first of us re­turns. Hooray! Great news for ev­ery­one, ex­cept the kid, but hope­fully she won’t be leav­ing the house alone any time soon. Hey, Ap­ple, ge­ofenc­ing for kids, WWDC 2018? See you there!

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