Apple has created a new peer-to-peer (P2P) technology which will, apparently, revolutionise the way we share data, reports Patently Apple. The newly proposed system utilizes a “unique magnetic compass and encoded supersonic tone methodology” which Apple notes will also “allow you to share information on your iPhone easily with other devices like your iMac, MacBook or stereo system.” Apple, as always, is focused on making new technology work easier for the consumer.
One of the current issues when pairing two devices is that different products use one of many methods to partner with each other. Apple's solution to simplifying Network Device Discovery involves a method which monitors a compass output in a portable electronic device.
As the portable device and an external device come closer to each other, a “magnetic field signature” is computed based on the “monitored compass output”. A determination is then made as to whether the computed signature could be associated with or implies that a previously defined type of electronic device (with which a network device discovery process could be conducted) is in close proximity. In other words, as the two devices come closer to each other, their respective magnetic characteristics cause the compass output to change in a way that implies that a network device discovery process should be initiated between the two devices.
This would certainly make it easier for everyday users meaning it would be possible to walk up to a compatible printer, scanner, router, external hard drive - anything - and connect automatically with no further information or action required.
[Via: Patently Apple]