Apple patent app describes tiny RF modules for ubiquitous connectivity

“With the exception of the iPhone, Apple’s products largely lack technology to provide ubiquitous access to the outside world while on the go. However, a new proposal from the company would attempt to solve this problem, and provide ever-present access to the Internet, through a series of tiny RF modules that can be toted or place just about anywhere,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“In a 36-page filing published for the first time Thursday and titled ‘Personal area network systems and devices and methods for use thereof,’ the electronics maker outlines a system for allowing products with only short-range communications circuitry, such as iPods and MacBooks, to connect to and leverage those equipped with long-range technology, such as the iPhone or specially designed RF modules,” Oliver reports.

“These special RF modules would be ‘constructed to be a high efficiency, low cost, devices’ that may lack a direct user interface, like the company’s AirPort base stations. They’d package short-range circuity — such as WiFi, Bluetooth and other high frequency systems (2.4 GHz, and 5.6 GHz communication systems) — for connecting to devices that lack long-range circuitry, in addition to long-range circuitry that those host devices can tap into, such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and CDMA,” Oliver reports.

Oliver reports, “The tiny RF modules would be ‘ubiquitous in that they permeate every aspect of a person’s life,’ Apple says.”

Much more in the full article, including illustrations, here.


  1. The illustrations seem to show me something like a tablet-like device being able to go online by using your iPhone via these RDF thingys. This would be on par with Apple in that in order to go online while on the go, the tablet itself would not connect directly to the internet via 3G but via your iPhone, which means that you’d have to buy both the tablet and the iPhone in order to be able to do this (other than through WiFi of course). I smell something tablety announced Jan 5th. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I am absolutely certain, for my own reasons (to be published soon at ) that Apple is due to release a Mac mini or similar in November, and… wait for it… a tablet or netbook in January. The latter could find this technology extremely useful.

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