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This article was published on January 18, 2016


Apple’s iOS code indicates Li-Fi wireless data may work on future iPhones

Apple’s iOS code indicates Li-Fi wireless data may work on future iPhones
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Li-Fi is a concept you may not be familiar with, but there are indications Apple is toying with it for inclusion on future iPhones.

Using pulses of light to transmit information, Li-Fi receivers (like a future iPhone, if Apple has its way) will take in that transmission, then translate it into an electric signal.

Because it uses light to send data, Li-Fi may be found in the connected home via accessories like lightbulbs.

Apple’s work with Li-Fi compatibility has been spotted in code for iOS 9.1, which simply notes Li-Fi capabilities. There’s no indication elsewhere that Apple is working with Li-Fi.

But, there’s indication Apple has had Li-Fi in mind for a while. AppleInsider points to a 2013 patent application for a device that sounds an awful lot like a Li-Fi transmitter.

While I’m not expecting Apple to include Li-Fi in the iPhone 7 — mainly because the technology is barely being tested in the real world — it could help push Li-Fi forward by making iPhones compatible.

iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast, light-based Li-Fi wireless data for future iPhones [AppleInsider]

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