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Geolocation technology patent obtained by Apple for adjusting settings

This tech allows the location of a device to help to determine some of its settings.

Apple has just received a new patent that involves the use of geolocation technology that is a part of a comprehensive system that will control consumer devices, adjusting their settings based on where they are.

This would allow Apple to use data based on location as provided from devices such as iPads and iPhones.

Apple would be able to use geolocation technology provided through its devices as well as the use of RFID badges or credit cards to identify the whereabouts of a user to automated systems. This would allow those automated systems to act on behalf of the user, such as adjusting climate control, turning on or off lights, or turning on or off power.

This geolocation technology functions in a way that is compared to geo-fencing.

Apple Geolocation TechnologyGeo-fencing is something that Apple already uses in its own native Reminders app on its mobile device operating system. It functions by using geolocation technology to determine when a user has entered into or has exited a pre-designated location in order to trigger actions, such as providing an alert of something that the individual wanted to remember. However, this new system would take the tech a step further. Instead of sending out a reminder to the user, it would automatically take actions in the user’s household in order to achieve goals such as making it more comfortable for the person because the lights are on and it has been heated or cooled, or it could save energy.

This does make the new geolocation technology somewhat more complex than the original use. The patent provides a description of a system that would gather information so that it could not only identify where the user happens to be and where they are headed, but also the types of activities in which they will be engaging along their route and once they reach their destination. This requires a great deal of accuracy in terms of making these predictions.

It means that the geolocation technology will either need to rely on regular polling of the mobile device from regular intervals, or it will need to be accumulated from fixed remote devices such as the receivers of keycards or when certain trigger events take place, such as when a device communicates with a particular cell tower.

Apple may be working on an alternative to NFC technology


Apple NewsApple awarded patent for new technology

Apple may have caught a lot of flak for not including NFC technology in the iPhone 5, but the company’s decision to forgo the technology does not mean it is not interested in NFC. The next iteration of the iPhone may be equipped with NFC technology, or a nearly identical technology that is developed by Apple itself. This is according to a new patent that has been awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Company receives harsh criticism for decision to avoid NFC technology

NFC technology is all the rage in the mobile world right now because of its capabilities in commerce and data exchange. Samsung has made headlines with its NFC-enabled Galaxy S III and Apple fans were hoping that the new iPhone would be able to compete on the same level as Samsung’s latest device. Apple fans were disappointed, however, when the company announced that the iPhone 5 would not be equipped with NFC technology. This led to harsh criticisms, but Apple is not abandoning the technology entirely like many have speculated.

Patent highlights technology very similar to NFC

According to the new patent, Apple is currently developing a device that makes use of a proximity technology, either NFC or one developed by the company itself. If the patent is not in reference to NFC technology, Apple will be developing something very similar that is capable of facilitating wireless data transfers between mobile devices. Speculation suggests that this technology would be included in the next version of the iPhone.

New technology may be suitable for Apple’s interests in mobile commerce

Apple chose to sidestep NFC technology due to concerns regarding security. The technology itself does not boast of any stellar security features, leading Apple to believe that its use in mobile commerce and data exchange is too ambitious. If Apple decides to develop its own technology, it will likely feature a variety of security measures that will make its use in mobile commerce more viable and appealing to consumers worries about the protection of their financial information.