Li-Fi: The Future of Apple?

by Kevin on March 29, 2016

Apple is usually spearheading any campaign that involves innovation. This is why it is not much of a surprise that the tech giant has already made arrangements for the latest in internet: Li-Fi. The launch of iOS 9.1 has already set in motion rumors that Apple is preparing to get this new technology on their phones.

The first spark of conversation regarding Li-Fi began when a Twitter user pointed out the mention of Li-Fi capability in the iOS 9.1 update. The current phones and devices use broadband or Wi-Fi to create an internet connection. These signals are typically obtained from a cell tower managed by wireless carriers or wireless real estate companies such as TowerPoint.com. Li-Fi, though similar to Wi-Fi, uses visible light.

What is Li-Fi?
Li-Fi refers to Light Fidelity, a way of transmitting data electromagnetically via light. This technology is based on a visible light communications system. This entails a photo-detector and a signal processing component. The photo-detector senses the light signal and the signal processor translates the data into content that can be streamed. This technology uses Light Emitting Diode bulbs throughout the household.

The theoretical process involves sending data to an LED bulb. The data is then sent via its beam to the photo-detector. The data is then converted into an electrical signal before being converted back into a binary stream that is more readily recognized by the user.

One of the advantages of this technology is that it is to be considerably faster than Wi-Fi. The estimated speed for Li-Fi is 224 gigabits per second. It is the faster streaming speed that makes it such an attractive options for the iPhone.

Apple and Li-Fi
The ideal role for Li-Fi would be in association to the traditional W-Fi capabilities currently available on all iPhones. This would ensure that Apple users had high-speed, uninterrupted internet access at all times. There would be an element on the iPhone such as a transmitter to receive the LED signal from a nearby source.

The recent news has highlighted Apple’s high regard for its users’ personal security. The iPhone and other Apple devices have always been equipped with a high level of security to ensure data safety. This is just another reason that Li-Fi technology is so desirable to the brand. Li-Fi offers a much more secure experience than Wi-Fi or other connections. This is because Li-Fi cannot pass through walls unlike its radio waves counterpart, Wi-Fi. Thus the activities of the user are contained within the device and the room that they are within. The ever-security conscious tech titan can further bolster its security facilities for their users.

The Future
Li-Fi is still just an experimental technology and its real world capabilities may be limited for the time being. It is however a promising sign that Apple has already begun to tailor its phones to be able to handle such technology. This creates a greater likelihood that Li-Fi will be integrated more seamlessly with the phones when the technology actually does come to fruition. Apple users may be once more able to sample the capabilities of Li-Fi before other phone subscribers.

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