Story is a non-starter
I read the patent application and if you think that apple are trying to patent the WhereTo? UI then they are also trying to patent 'Sodoku [sic]' apps as well.
The application is for an API:
“A method comprising:
- determining a user is scheduled to travel to a destination on a current date;
- determining a portable electronic device in possession by the user is powered off;
- determining the user arrived at the destination by detecting that the portable electronic device has been powered back on; and
- transmitting an arrival notification of the arrival of the user to at least one third party recipient”
WhereTo? does not do this. The UI has been, perhaps unwisely, used as an example of an app that could potentially use the API/methods described in the application.
I would be pissed that I hadn't been contacted before the illustration was used, but I believe that Apple can do that as per their agreement with app developers.
If someone can find where in the application the UI or functionality of the WhereTo? app is being patented, then I'll change my opinion, but really, it does not seem to be there.