Ap­ple In­sider

Our in­dus­try ex­pert rounds-up the big­gest Ap­ple cor­po­rate sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing this month

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Bet­ter Blue­tooth looms

The Blue­tooth Spe­cial In­ter­est Group (SIG) will in­tro­duce an up­graded Blue­tooth stan­dard next year, in­tro­duc­ing longer range and faster speeds. The stan­dards body prom­ises the range of Blue­tooth smart de­vices will in­crease up to four times along­side a 100% in­crease in speed. Per­haps more in­ter­est­ing, the new stan­dard will sup­port mesh net­work­ing. This is use­ful for so-called In­ter­net of Things (IoT) de­vices, such as those sup­ported by HomeKit.

This would en­able man­u­fac­tur­ers to de­velop so­lu­tions that can be man­aged by a com­pat­i­ble de­vice and will not re­quire a ded­i­cated hub. “Mesh net­work­ing will en­able Blue­tooth de­vices to con­nect to­gether in net­works that can cover an en­tire build­ing or home, open­ing up home and in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion ap­pli­ca­tions”, the SIG said in a press release. “Blue­tooth has been adopted by count­less de­vel­op­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers as their con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tion of choice for the IoT”. said Mark Pow­ell, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Blue­tooth SIG.

Ap­ple Watch calls time on Switzer­land

Swiss watch ex­ports suf­fered their big­gest de­cline in six years last Oc­to­ber when ship­ments fell 12%. Ap­ple Watch and smart­watches from other man­u­fac­tur­ers have im­pacted sales of lowend time­pieces. “Tra­di­tional watch makers are com­ing un­der pres­sure,” said CCS In­sights an­a­lyst, Ben Woods. “It would be naive to think that the Ap­ple Watch has not im­pacted the tra­di­tional mar­ket in some form.”

Wi-Fi to Li-Fi?

Li-Fi could re­place Wi-Fi in the fu­ture, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pi­lot test that proved the tech­nol­ogy can achieve data send speeds of up to 1GB/sec, or 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

The tech­nol­ogy, which uses light to beam in­for­ma­tion through the air, was de­vel­oped in Scot­land at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh in 2011. The su­per-fast wire­less trans­mis­sion stan­dard works in a sim­i­lar way to op­ti­cal ca­ble, but re­solves the data loss chal­lenges you find when sim­ply try­ing to beam light, rather than di­rect­ing it through a ca­ble. The tech­nol­ogy has been tri­alled by air­lines, which want to boost in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity.

Ap­ple Watch is prov­ing a chal­lenge to Swiss watch makers.

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