Why Does iOS 6 Have A New 'Bluetooth Sharing' Feature?

Here's a mysterious new "Bluetooth Sharing" tab, which has cropped up under iOS 6's privacy settings. It seems Apple's new mobile OS will allow apps to share more types of data over Bluetooth. What are Apple's plans for this feature?

We're really not sure why Apple has introduced this new feature, but our best guess is that it's related to Passbook. In many ways, Passbook is the iOS answer to the NFC-enabled Google Wallet, except that Passbook is more tightly integrated. It's basically a more sophisticated mobile payments system for iOS.

The new Bluetooth Sharing feature allows apps to share data with other devices even when you're not using the apps. It seems like an excellent way for your phone to talk to retailers, airlines and local restaurants whenever you're nearby. It wouldn't necessarily need to be used for payments — that might require more security — but it could be used for everything from serving you coupons to automatically pulling up boarding pass info when you're walking up to the gate at the airport.

So what's in store for us with Bluetooth Sharing? We'll have to wait until later in the year to find out for sure. [9To5Mac]


Comments

    Can we share contacts by Bluetooth at last

    Why is this Mario Aguilar guy always writing iSheep articles and iPhone speculation on features that don't exist yet and are apparently better and more sophisticated then their existing features from Google.

      Because its Apple so it must be better right?

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        Thanks Mac for taking the time to post the comment I was going to post.

          Thanks guys. King geek? That's a nice title.
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          " In many ways, Passbook is the iOS answer to the NFC-enabled Google Wallet, except that Passbook is more tightly integrated."
          iSheep confirmed.

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    What about a 2 press Bluetooth on/off shortcut!

    Most probably also for upgraded ipod nano streaming/watch

      That was my first thought. But I guess passbook is more likely. How awesome would it be for the new iPod nano to connect to the iPhone for messages and other data.

    Tether your iPhone to your iPad to get email pushed to your iPad, without needing a data plan for the iPad. A la blackberry bridge. This would help enterprise with employees self deploying ipads, rather than having IT set it up.

    Sure, RIM did it first, but because its apple, it'll be magical and innovative.

      Can't you already do that by making your phone a WiFi hotspot, like with Android stuff? I'm pretty sure you can.

    Finally get to use your iDevice as a wireless keyboard and mouse without having to jailbreak it?

    Send photos and such to other phones maybe. I tried to 'bump' with an android also running bump and and couldn't get it working (took 20mins for the email of images to arrive in the end).

      Interesting - I gave it a shot last weekend (2 x HTC One X) and it worked beautifully first time.

      What's the bet this ends up being a "revolutionary" new feature that Apple will patent and then sue others for "copying"?

    i have an iphone and enjoy using it, but nokia had this on lock about a decade ago. this shouldn't be getting people so thrilled.

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