4 things developers need to know about iOS 11

Apple latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, is now live. With it, Apple shares its vision of what mobile devices should do for us in the upcoming next years. Let’s make a quick review of 4 things developers need to know about Apple’s software update:

CoreML

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Machine learning has been one of the greatest advances in the last years, and the main tool used for object recognition, speech to text, and many other tools that help us in our lives on a daily basis.

Although CoreML is not a Machine Learning framework, it allows to easily import existing models into your application. According to Apple “Core ML delivers blazingly fast performance with easy integration of machine learning models enabling you to build apps with intelligent new features using just a few lines of code.”

What Will Change in Location Marketing with iOS 11 Update

Location-based technologies and location services are widely used today for daily activities from social networking to finding a nearby restaurant or picking someone up from the airport. Knowing where their customers are located can help businesses identify where they need to provide service. As the smartphone user base grows, companies need to expand their audience through mobile apps. One problem is that not all developers ask for mobile permissions properly.

“Too often apps ask for location consent on first open without explaining clearly what it will be used for,” said mobile strategy adviser Steve Ricketts. This can hurt multiple businesses as users begin to turn down location permission prompts almost habitually.  This year, Apple announced some significant changes in iOS 11 that can increase user opt-in; namely, iPhone users are granted more selections and transparency in giving away their location, thus reinforcing their confidence in location services.

Location services

Introducing MOCA Showcase App for proximity marketing campaigns

We are back with more exciting updates! We received a lot of questions about how beacons and geofencing work in a real-world scenario and how MOCA platform can be used to trigger location-based marketing communications. So, we built MOCA Showcase apps to experience a proximity campaign first-hand, before investing your time and money in a pilot project.

The bundle of apps is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store for iOS and Android devices. It helps marketers to understand how to apply beacons and geofencing to create brand awareness, drive visits or engage consumers.

1. MOCA Showcase App for iOS and Android

We designed a customer journey that emulates the different stages or moments in a buying process for a retail store, a shopping mall, and an airport. Each stage has a mobile user profile that is associated a specific campaign using MOCA Platform.

MOCA Showcase for Retail

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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.