New Apple iBeacon Device Hits the FCC

New Apple iBeacon Device Hits the FCC

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Apple has received a grant of equipment authorization from the FCC for a new Apple iBeacon device. The FCC application was dated July 2, 2014 and approved July 4,2014.

Introduced in iOS 7, iBeacon is a technology that enables new location awareness possibilities for apps. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a device with iBeacon technology can be used to establish a region around an object. This allows an iOS device to determine when it has entered or left the region, along with an estimation of proximity to a beacon. Currently, even Apple is using third party Bluetooth beacons in its retail stores; however, it appears as though it has finally developed its own beacon.

The FCC filing reveals a circular device about 5.46" in diameter. It features a USB port and an ON/OFF switch. The official product number of the iBeacon is A1573.

It's unclear whether Apple intends to use its iBeacons for just its own retail stores or whether it will be available for developers to purchase as well.

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New Apple iBeacon Device Hits the FCC
New Apple iBeacon Device Hits the FCC
New Apple iBeacon Device Hits the FCC
Matt - July 13, 2014 at 9:05pm
So you don't think it's the iWatch?
Nat - July 14, 2014 at 12:04am
It's what works with ibeacon. That's the thing.
dribble - July 13, 2014 at 5:43pm
I just hope the outside of this iBeacon isn't marred by the FCC logo...
Good one!!!! - July 13, 2014 at 6:41pm
That was good. :-)
Nat - July 13, 2014 at 7:24pm
Doubt it. I bet this can improve apple maps. Not that anything is wrong with it but the 3d trees and roller coasters.
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