“Thanks to a really detailed discussion by Daniel Eran Dilger at AppleInsider [June 19, 2013], we can now see the full implications of the iBeacons ranging and micro-location capabilities included in iOS 7,” Anthony Wing Kosner writes for Forbes.
“iBeacons is an implementation of the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) profile which enables very precise micro-location triggers for events in iOS 7 apps,” Kosner writes. “Already an industry is mobilizing to create hardware and software services to take advantage of these new geofencing capabilities… BLE is already in iPhone 4S and 5 as well as iPads, Mac computers and many high-end Androids. The way iBeacons works is that the mobile device is both a sensor and a signal. A BLE enabled iPhone running iOS 7 will be able to receive location-specific messages based on its proximity to a local network of iBeacons. And that phone can act as an iBeacon itself, transmitting messages to others.
Kosner writes, “iBeacon builds on top of last year’s Passbook feature in iOS and now means that you might see a sale offer on your lock screen as you crossed the threshold of a store and then have checkout information appear as you approach the cashier.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]
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