iBeacon Programming: Tips on Ranging, CoreBluetooth and Debugging | Guest Post

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iBeacon programming is deceptively simple. But knowing what classes to use in your XCode project is just part of the challenge. Taking advantage of the extra ‘packets’ in Bluetooth, understanding how far a beacon ranges, and how to use advertising identifiers can challenge even the most experienced programmer. In this guest post by Richard Bown […]

iBeacon Tutorial from the King of Tutorials

iBeacon Tutorial Haz Cats

  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 […]

Apple iBeacon Bugs Complicate Bluetooth LE Experience

Phone and beacon stay in a fixed position and then this happens...

Before you attack your new Bluetooth LE beacon in frustration you can blame a possible bug in the Apple API for sudden state changes in finding and ranging beacons. After banging our own heads, Dan Nolan from Proxima confirmed a problem we’d been seeing and which we initially blamed either on the beacons themselves or […]

Estimote Quick Tip: Edit Major/Minor and Other Device Properties

Estimote Editor

A short and incredibly sweet tip if you recently got your hands on a set of Estimote Bluetooth LE beacons: run, don’t walk and grab yourself a copy of the Estimote Editor. It’s a sweet little piece of code that lets you quickly change the settings on the physical beacon (e.g. major/minor and other values). […]