Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2013, USA: From its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced unprecedented integration of Bluetooth technology into its operating systems - a move that sets the bar for Bluetooth integration and benefits developers by simplifying the creation of apps and products relying on Bluetooth connectivity.
Apple revealed iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks will natively support the latest version of the Human Interface Device (HID) profile for Bluetooth Smart, Air Drop, which uses Bluetooth Smart technology to securely discover and connect devices for file sharing, and its Application State Preservation and Restoration services and Apple Notification Center Service for Bluetooth Smart accessories.
These updates show Apple’s commitment to building an OS for its developers that works seamlessly with Bluetooth Smart, giving them the freedom to focus on the design and functionality of their app rather than device integration and plumbing.
Apple highlighted the benefits of its updates in five main categories: Healthcare, Sports and Fitness, Security, Entertainment, and Proximity. The adoption of HID and Alert Notification Services will immediately benefit developers in the Security, Entertainment, and Proximity markets.
For Security, Apple called attention to partner companies like UniKey, Lockitron, and August for the work they are currently doing with Bluetooth Smart. A native implementation of the latest HID profile means consumers can expect ultra-power efficient Bluetooth Smart game controllers and keyboards to last years without changing batteries.
The inclusion of Application State Preservation and Restoration services makes it possible for developers to create apps that reliably run in the background, exchanging data with Bluetooth Smart peripherals without the need for user intervention. This enables a Bluetooth Smart device like a wearable health monitor to send data to an application on an iPhone or iPad without the user having to press any buttons or open up the application.