iBeacon Feels the Squeeze: Adapt (or Die?)

iOS8 is a monumental move towards devices that are more connected, more aware, and increasingly powered by iBeacon and Bluetooth LE technology. And yet in spite Apple shifting the emphasis from the screen to the world around the screen, iBeacon device makers are about to feel the squeeze. Google is expected to follow suit with […]

Beacon Bug: Apple Loses iBeacon Ranging….And Drives Developers Mad

A new bug in the Apple iBeacon stack is driving developers a bit, well, buggy – and leaving them wondering if it’s their code, the beacon or something else that’s causing problems in discovering beacons. The bug causes iPhones to suddenly stop ranging for beacons. Our team in the UK found a similar result this […]

iBeacon Hackathon UK: Guest Column

An iBeacon hackathon this past weekend put London at the center of innovation thanks to BeMyApp and the event sponsors and partners. (We were thrilled to be a media partner!) Tim Groot, an innovator on the ‘beacon scene’ in the UK and member of the Nodes team, files this report. By Tim Groot The iBeacon […]

iBeacon Tutorial from the King of Tutorials

  An in-depth iBeacon tutorial has been posted at the textbook site for XCode and iOS development: Ray Wenderlich. Other tutorials may be, shall we say, more modern looking. Appcoda amd DevFright both provide neat, clean overviews of how to code an app to work with the Apple iBeacon framework. But there’s something about tutorials […]

iBeacon Design Paradigms: TabViews and Cards

How do you present content on an app that interacts with Bluetooth LE or iBeacons? In most demos, the apps generally present a new view when the user comes within range of specific beacons. Think of this approach as the “pop up window” for a world of beacons. But we’re always interested in new ways […]

iOS 7.1: Will Apple Fix iBeacon?

Apple’s iBeacon is broken. Not in a serious show-stopping way. But there are enough little glitches and problems to make developers think they’re going slightly crazy as they play around with their Estimote or other beacons. But hope is on the horizon: we’re only a few beta releases away from the launch of iOS 7.1. […]

iBeacon and HTML5: Belly Checks in with Bluetooth LE

Belly, the popular loyalty check-in program for retailers, has been playing around with Bluetooth LE and in a recent blog post outlines how it uses an HTML5 app to call the native iBeacon capabilities on a phone. The advantage? When compared to NFC or their standard check-in process (which uses QR codes), Bluetooth LE check-ins […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Ultimate Guide Includes Setting Your Estimote

There’s a sparse library of sample code and tutorials when it comes to Apple iBeacon technology – in part because much of it seems to have been written without access to, you know, actual beacons. Instead, it’s simple stuff like an overview of using two phones to set up broadcasting and monitoring. But Cocoanetics has […]