iPhone application indicates direction of Mecca for Muslim Canadians

Five times a day, Umair Vanthaliwala’s iPhone calls him to prayer. With a flick of a finger, the iPhone’s compass points him northeast toward Mecca.

With more than 100,000 applications for iPhone and the iPod touch now available through the Apple App Store and many more to come, it’s clear that Vanthaliwala and his sleek black phone are the future. “Before, a phone was just for calling purposes,” says Vanthaliwala, a product developer at Bell Canada who once developed his own app called iCarLibrary. “Now, I’m using a phone for everything.”