iOS: Understanding iBeacon
Learn how iBeacon works with your iOS 7 or later device (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) to determine your location.
iBeacon is a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal, which iOS devices detect. To learn more about Bluetooth technology, see the official Bluetooth website.
To use iBeacon, you need iOS 7 or later, Bluetooth turned on, and a compatible iOS device:
- iPhone 4s or later
- iPad (3rd generation) or later
- iPad mini or later
- iPod touch (5th generation) or later
You can control which apps and system services access Location Services data, including iBeacon: Tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services.