iBeacon: A New Way to Shop and Upgrade

December 6th, 2013  |  By Emily Goldspink

Apple has recently launched iBeacon into retail stores for consumers to get their hands on. iOS-compatible iBeacon technology allows consumers to obtain individualized information on products in Apple retail stores. Like many new iPhone apps, all you have to do is download iBeacon from the Apple Store, allow Apple to access your current location, and in no time, iBeacon will guide you through a total of 254 Apple retail stores in the United States. 



iBeacon has many more features for iPhone users. Push notifications can be sent out to either ask device users if they would like to upgrade, or if the notification is related to a specific product. It can also check on users’ upgrade eligibility, and inform customers on whether or not they can get cash back by trading in their old smartphone. iBeacon is also aware of its user’s device, and will use geo-technology to provide relative information.


Furthermore, it is rumored that Apple has produced an over-the-air (OTA) update for the Apple Store to enable support for iBeacon. The lowest forms of iDevices that iBeacon is compatible with includes the iPhone 4S, the third-generation iPad, the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. iBeacon works for all upgraded products beyond these four.


To download iBeacon, make sure your products have been upgraded with iOS 7 and enable the Bluetooth on your device. Download and start shopping, as iBeacon is available at the Apple Store now! 

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