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Apple Inc inching towards Li-Fi capability

Apple Inc inching towards Li-Fi capability

By BizLED Bureau

Apr 16, 2016: Researchers at Apple Inc are working in the direction of Li-Fi capability as it is considered as the next ‘breakthrough’ in technology. In advancement, a Twitter user found a code with potential ?Li-Fi Capability? and updated through social media platform for iOS 9.0 version coding update. Sources at Apple Insider confirmed the report.

A snap shot of the code, is already doing rounds taken from Chase Fromm?s Twitter account. It has reported that the Twitter user noticed the trend last year in December that Apple might be testing Li-Fi technology. The code was added into the iOS 9.1 firmware code.

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In simple terms, Li-Fi technology, which can be generally explained as technology that uses light signals to transmit electronic data.

The light source used in Li-Fi technology could be LEDs that emit data through a specific wavelength. This data is emitted at a modulation rate invisible to the human eye. Lasers are considered to be another potential light source for Li-Fi applications. If reports from Apple Insider are to be believed, the theoretical output capacity for Li-Fi is close to a whopping 224 gigabits per second.

A couple of companies are working to commercialize this lighting technology, even though Li-Fi is still in concept stage and work is being done on prototype product. Indian-based company Velmenni has even started real-world testing of the product.

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Apple has been doing their research on hardware implementations for light-based wireless data transfer, or optical wireless communication.

According to a report, a company named Cupertino had filed for a related patent in 2013 that explains the method of “optical modulation using an image sensor.” The sensor could switch between data capture and image capture modes, which allowed for light capabilities without adding any extra hardware.

Apple visualizes the system will be applied for indoor location, but has an application in high-bandwidth apps.

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