Apple looks forward to add RF communications to everything
Apple is well known for a very tight integration of it’s various devices. Your iMac, iPod, Apple TV, Airport and other Apple devices all work seamlessly within your home.
But what happens when you are outside your home? So far Apple did not have much experience integrating various wireless devices on the move. But it’s thinking about it.
In a patent application “Personal area network systems and devices and methods for use thereof ” Apple envisions era of abundant connectivity and cheap, small and efficient RF modules scattered all around us.
These RF modules would contain radio circuitry for connecting to both short range personal area networks (e.g. Bluetooth, UWB,Wi-fi, etc;) and long range wireless networks (e.g. GSM, CDMA, Wimax). And not much more.
They be small enough to be integrated in various things and places, including your car, shirt, handbag or shoe.
Your portable devices, such as iPod players will contain only short range wireless connectivity chips. But they will have all the necessary UI’s for both short and long range communication and will be able to connect and identify themselves to any RF module around. Just like today’s Macbooks connect to Airport Express to access the net.
And thus your future iPod, Macbook and whatever portable device Apple thinks off next may have full anytime anywhere connectivity , just as current iPhone 3G has in most places.