Toronto Developer’s ‘Marco Polo’ iPhone Finder Tops the App Store

Marco Polo is an app that allows users to locate their iPhone by calling out “Marco” and the device will respond with an audible “Polo”, a play on the swimming pool tag game. Recent updates have allowed users to customize sounds, notifications and more.

The app was created by Matt Wiechec, a developer in the Greater Toronto Area (Mississauga), who launched version 2.0 of the app last month. From here, the app picked up steam in the media appearing on MacRumors and the now defunct TUAW, which led to snowballing coverage from other outlets, such as CBC Radio and The PEAK radio station in Vancouver on January 29—the day it hit the #1 paid spot in Canada.

As you can see in the screenshots below, you can setup the app so that by shouting “Apple” (we typed it in), you’ll hear the custom response “I’m over here”.

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Wiechec wouldn’t divulge any specific download numbers at this time, but did say version 2.0 took a few months to develop, much longer than the 8 weeks version 1.0 took. The app remains in the top 3 spot within the App Store as of today (yesterday it was number 1 still):

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Our tests of Marco Polo were successful as long as you’re speaking clearly and it can be picked up by your iPhone’s mic. One downside to the app is the active red bar when you exit the app, since the latter requires full time access to the mic to work. If you lose your phone daily or want to impress your friends, you may want to check out Marco Polo.

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Click here to download Marco Polo for iPhone—it’s $1.19 in the App Store.

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  • Chrome262

    does it impact battery life much?

  • There will be some impact on battery life, as with any application that runs services in the background. However, full day battery life should be very achievable in most cases.

  • Jason MD

    What if the phone is on silent? Will it still work?

  • PDS

    I downloaded it after the CBC interview. It’s fun, but still a lot of weaknesses. The red bar is very irritating, but I understand the reason why it’s there (Apple demands it when the mic is left open), but my experience is that it drains the battery significantly. It does work when the phone is on silent mode. However, when the app is on it mutes the sounds of other notifications such as IM, email etc. It also replies to anything that sounds like Marco.

  • johnnygoodface

    Answers once, then you have to wait about 15-30 sec for your next call.

    It has to run in the background to work but when you come back to your icons you’ve got a big orange top of the screen line flashing in your face

    Damn I hate being had!

  • Tim

    Why would I want a red bar on my iphone all the time?