Apple Exploring iPhone Data Transfers by Bumping Devices Together
Apple might be looking into ways to make data transfers between two different iPhones more seamless, and one possible method to achieve this is to enable the process to be started by simply bumping devices together.
The Cupertino-based tech giant has recently been awarded a patent that describes such a technology, which at first glance appears to work similarly to how other third-party apps enable wireless data transfers between devices.
Apple’s system is called “Proximity and tap detection using a wireless system” and was approved on June 26, after being filed on September 7, 2017. The abstract section of the patent provides a deeper look at how the whole thing could work:
“A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet.