With its Bluetooth-based iBeacons turned on in all its U.S. stores, Apple is both attempting to improve customer experience and demonstrate its new location-based notification service. While retail is a natural fit for iBeacons, the teachnology has potential well beyond the store or mall. Here are ten other industries and spaces where iBeacons could deliver killer value.
Here's what the "mobile-only" workforce will actually look like
So it's certainly possible to imagine a totally "mobile" workforce in 2017. Instead of swapping between multiple computers, tablets, and a smartphone, workers could carry a single personally owned device that plugs into docks or connects wirelessly to whatever monitor they choose.
That means the office of tomorrow will probably look a lot like the office of today, with workers staring at big monitors and typing on keyboards. But instead of a laptop or big old CPU tower on each desk, the whole thing could be powered by personal smartphones, tablets, or something in between.
BlackBerry has a lot of hurdles to cross to stage a comeback but one in particular might be especially tough to overcome: the operators. My experience getting started with the Z10 shows AT&T, at least, doesn't seem to find the Z10 a priority.