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FCC Leaks Apple’s Unreleased iBeacon Hardware in User Manual

Back in July, Apple’s plans for first-party iBeacon hardware were revealed for the first time in an FCC filing, showing a piece of hardware with a diameter of 5.46-inches, working on 2.4GHz frequency. Now, a user manual, among other documents, released by FCC has given out more information to the public regarding this unreleased hardware, showing that this...

‘Proximity’ is Samsung’s Answer to Apple’s iBeacon

Samsung’s ‘Proximity’, an upcoming feature that is being advertised by the Korean company as a “marketing platform that connects consumers with places via cutting-edge Samsung location and context-aware technology” on a dedicated website, is actually nothing more than exactly what Apple’s iBeacon does i.e enabling communication between your mobile device and the places you go. "For example!...

Apple’s First-Party iBeacon Hardware Revealed in New FCC Filings

According to a report from TUAW, electronics company Securifi has discovered FCC filings which reveal Apple’s plans for first-party iBeacon hardware. The device has been registered as “Apple iBeacon” and has a model number of A1573. The documents filed by Apple reveal that the iBeacon hardware was tested at the beginning of May in collaboration...

Virgin Atlantic Planning to Implement iBeacon Technology in London

British airline Virgin Atlantic has today announced its plans to implement Apple's iBeacon technology in partnership with beacon startup Estimote, in order to assist the travellers by sending customized messages and offers as they travel through London Heathrow airport. According to Re/Code, the program which will make use of iBeacons and the Passbook iOS app. The report...

iBeacon to be Deployed in NBA Arenas and at Home

Apple's iBeacon is mostly connected to the retail sector (see the company's brick-and-mortar stores and other stores), but there is much more potential in it. And today, two new launches confirm that: one is Placed, a new app showing users how iBeacons might benefit anyone at home; and the second is an updated app from...

Why Does Apple Turn on Bluetooth When You Update Your iPhone?

After installing the latest iOS, by default Apple turns Bluetooth on – a fact that prompted many to take it to Apple's support forum. While the iPhone maker is silent about these changes to users' settings, Greg Sterling, a senior analyst for Opus Research, has a couple of plausible reasons for this change (via Forbes)....

Apple Reveals iBeacon Specifications, Begins Certifying Bluetooth LE Devices

Apple has just released the specifications for its iBeacon as it begins certifying devices that carry the Bluetooth LE standard, Beekn reports. This means that manufacturers can now request that Apple permit them to attach the iBeacon name to their devices as long as they meet certain criteria. The source notes that applying to the program in order...

Flybell: iBeacon, Samsung-Style

How much time does a powerful company need to copy something that has captured the attention of many? Well, as the current picture shows, not much – just a few months. Apple introduced iBeacon last year, and today Patently Apple has uncovered a Samsung trademark application filed by Samsung on February 7 for a "wireless...

Philips Smart LED Lights Challenge Apple’s iBeacon

In case you thought other tech players would sit relaxed and allow Apple's iBeacon to conquer location-based services, well, you should think again: Philips has just announced its own version of such a service in the form of smart LED lights (via Engadget). Indeed, instead of using low-power Bluetooth, Philips is testing a new LED...

Automatic‘s Smart Driving Assistant Gets iBeacon Functionality

Automatic‘s smart driving assistant, that provides vehicle owners with new tools to get more out of their car’s performance by combining Automatic Link hardware with powerful smartphone apps, has today received an OTA update that allows users to turn their Link hardware devices into iBeacons, TechCrunch is reporting. With iBeacon functionality, Automatic can fundamentally change the way users...

iBeacon Testing Expands to 100 American Eagle Outfitters Stores

Back in November, shopping rewards app Shopkick launched its shopper-detecting ‘shopBeacon’ in a few departments of Macy’s stores in New York and San Francisco and now, the company is expanding its trial of Apple’s forthcoming Bluetooth location-sensing technology iBeacon, to 100 American Eagle Outfitter locations across the country, according to a report by GigaOM. Apple’s iBeacon technology uses Bluetooth...