Apple unveiled iBeacon when it debuted iOS 7, but the details about this proximity-based service were overshadowed by the news about its mobile OS. Fast forward almost six months, and iBeacons is finally gaining some traction now that retailers are starting to explore the technology.
On of the first companies to embrace the iBeacon technology is brick and mortar retailer Macy’s. According to a report in GigaOM, Macy’s is partnering with Shopkick to install these iBeacons in two of its flagship stores — the Herald Square store in NYC and the Union Square in San Francisco. The transmitters will connect securely to the Shopkick app on a user’s iPhone via Bluetooth LE . Once connected, customers will be able to view special offers as well as receive directions to help find a product on the shelves.
The service is reportedly already up and running in the NYC and San Francisco stores as a closed beta. It’ll be available to all Shopkick users in the coming weeks. If this rollout goes as smoothly as planned, Shopkick will begin selling its ShopBeacon service to other retailers.
Its literally raining rumors about the budget iPhone from the past few days. There is hardly a single day when we don’t see a rumor or a leaked image of the budgeted iPhone. Few days back, a few images of the purported device leaked on the internet with back covers as well. A few more images of the so-called budget iPhone have been leaked on the internet, compared with the current iPhone 5.
If you are thinking about buying the Retina display iPad or an iPad 2, check the offer Best Buy have for you. The retail giant has a limited time offer going on that entitles you to a free $50 gift card with the purchase of Retina iPad or iPad 2. If you purchase an iPad mini from Best Buy, you will get a $25 gift card. The offer is valid for all the iPad Models – Wifi and Cellular-starting from 16GB to 128GB. The offer is valid from 20 July to 22 July.
Let’s face the fact. Apple introduced Maps application which has been a total disaster. The application is still not as good as Google Maps and you may end up somewhere else rather than your desired destination. It has been revealed that Apple is planning to buy the navigation tool HopStop in order to improve their maps application. Apple also purchased Locationary, a company said to be the Wikipedia for companies. The news emerges from sources who wish to be anonymous as the deal is not yet final.
Using counterfeit products is not always recommended. Few days back, a Chinese girl was killed when she tried to answer a call on her iPhone 5 while charging and got electrocuted. Another report has emerged – again in China – that reports a man getting shocked when plugging in an iPhone 4 using a third party adapter.
According to a recent report by the WSJ, Apple is testing an iPad with a larger display, the device is rumored to feature a 13 inch display, and the company is also rumored to be working on larger display iPhone’s as well.
Apple is rumored to be trying out iPhone’s with display of between 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches, of course this does not mean that these devices will ever be released as they are apparently only being tested at the moment.
If you have been watching Twitter you may have noticed Apple developers complaining about the company’s developer portal, which has been out of service for several days. Yesterday, Apple acknowledged the outage and the reason?
Apple has today rolled out the Golden Master release of their new Apple OS X Mavericks operating system which is now available to developers from the Mac App Store and Apple Developer website.
The release of the Apple OS X Mavericks Golden Master was expected a few weeks ago but due to the discovery of a number of critical bugs the release was postponed until today.