Apple ‘Bluetooth Sharing’ is another interesting concept nobody will use
The big brains in tech right now are trying to work out a way to get you to dump your wallet and just use your phone to pay for stuff. As regular readers know, I’m down on this idea if for no other reason than most consumers and merchants are happy with credit cards and seem singularly unexcited about mobile payments.
But that’s not going to stop Apple from trying to imitate Google without admitting it’s imitating Google, dangnabbit.
Hence, the revelation that iOS 6, which will be on the iPhone 5, will feature “Bluetooth Sharing”. As Android fans know, Google has developed Android Beam. Beam is a simple app that fires information via NFC to two chips. Apple clearly wants to imitate this function without incorporating an NFC chip because Apple doesn’t follow the crowd and enjoys being difficult.
Bluetooth may sound familiar: It’s basically used on cell phone for annoying earpieces. But it’s actually way more powerful than that. It’s essentially encrypted radio that can network several devices at once. So having a file-sharing network over it makes a lot of sense and will likely be a useful feature for the iPhone 5.
It will just still be Android Beam.