Category Archives: Smartphones

Apple’s iBeacon & Proximity Location

News from Apple about iBeacon  – a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal, which iOS devices detect. To learn more about Bluetooth technology, see the official Bluetooth website. More news about iBeacon here

iOS7 Geo-Location Based Weather App

This new weather App is designed to exploit the new styles, themes and functionality in Apple’s iOS7.

Users can source the weather for as many cities as they like and enjoy a simple tri-color theme that indicates temperature. With its fresh and lean icon set users can see clearly see the forecast for today, tomorrow and the next seven days while a stats page gives average temperatures and interesting facts.  There are plans to have local advertising based on geo-locationing, so if it looks like rain in New York, Nordstrom can push an advert for a new umbrella or rain coat! Or if its going to be a warm spell, cafe’s can stock-up in cold drinks and ice-cream and then let you know!

 

Apple expects to sell 5 million to 6 million iPhones worldwide this weekend!

From Mashable – Analysts believe Apple may sell more iPhones during launch weekend this year than in 2012, but not by much.

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, expects Apple to sell 5 million to 6 million iPhones worldwide through Sunday, according to an investor note obtained by Mashable. Munster expects that Apple will sell about 2.5 million iPhone 5S devices and about 3 million iPhone 5C devices, with pre-orders accounting for 1 million of the latter.

“We believe that Apple will likely sell all of the 5Ses they will produce for launch weekend,” Munster wrote in the note. “Based on Apple not taking online pre-orders for the 5S, which we believe was to avoid customers immediately seeing delivery times for 2+ weeks out, we believe the 5S is more production-constrained than the iPhone 5 was at launch, likely due to the addition of the finger print technology.”