Editor’s note: This week, we work with Chris Ching from Code With Chris to give you an introduction to iBeacons in iOS 7. Not only you’ll learn what iBeacon is, Chris will show you how to use iBeacons in your apps.
Surely you’ve heard of the nifty new feature in iOS 7 that lets your app gather location contextual information indoors where it can’t use GPS? If you haven’t, not to fear because we’re going to show you what it is and how you can use it in this article!
Beacon works over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology in your iPhone and as the name implies, it’s incredibly battery efficient. Going hand in hand with being low energy, it also has a short range of approximately 150 feet.
Real World Applications
The impact of having location sensitive information while indoors is already turning into real world applications. For example, Macy’s already has a pilot program underway where it has planted several beacons in different departments around the store. When a user passes by one of these departments and the companion app on their phone picks up the broadcast, it’ll open the app and display contextual information like promos, featured products and deals. Take a look at this short video to see iBeacons in action!