updated 05:20 pm EST, Tue February 25, 2014
Future products will require Apple's blessing
iBeacons must now be certified under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFI) program to use the iBeacon name, reports say. While a number of third-party outfits have begun deploying iBeacons, they haven't necessarily had to cooperate with Apple to make use of the name or the official API. The terms of certification aren't public, since manufacturers are being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements.
iBeacons connect to iOS devices -- primarily iPhones -- using Bluetooth Low Energy, and are meant to push location-specific notifications. To date they've been used mainly in retail stores, pushing information about things like sales and product specifications. At Major League Baseball stadiums, though, they will soon guide visitors, something that was tried in a more limited capacity in New York during this month's Super Bowl.