Apple removes the headphone jack, what does it mean for Beacon and Bluetooth technology?

Wireless technology is literally all around us. In a corporate setting, there are Wi-Fi signals, fast 4G access points on smartphone and Bluetooth running in everything from tiny sensors to security terminals in the front entryway.

When the iPhone 7 was announced, the one fact that seemed to capture everyone’s attention was the absence of a headphone jack. These jacks, which have been present on smartphones since their inception, have been considered by many designers to be vital and integral to the proper function of the phone.

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#WWDC14, Bluetooth technologies gain relevance in both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

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After a more in-depth analysis of the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite new features shown last monday during the WWDC14 conference, we have noticed there is a common denominator in several of their new technologies. Here we go:

AirPlay to AppleTV

Apple introduced with iOS 7 a pretty useful feature for iPhone users that allows them to setup an AppleTV using iPhone settings with only a touch (no actual touch is required). This works by using the bluetooth signals for detecting the approximate distance from one to the other, so they can exchange the necessary information for the setup.
Apple extends this functionality even further in iOS 8 by using the combination of “bluetooth signals for discovering, Wi-Fi ad-hoc network (p2p) to transmit data”, providing iOS devices with the ability to transmit over AirPlay without the need of being under the same Wi-Fi network.

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