If you want to know about the Apple company's plans for the nearest future, read the list of its acquisitions over the past couple of years. On the basis of information obtained from the study and analysis of this list of companies that have been absorbed by Apple, you can form an opinion about company's future and its capabilities. Yesterday Apple acquired another start-up, whose technology may become a part of the new iOS7.

If you want to know about the Apple company's plans for the nearest future, read the list of its acquisitions over the past couple of years. On the basis of information obtained from the study and analysis of this list of companies that have been absorbed by Apple, you can form an opinion about company's future and its capabilities. Yesterday Apple acquired another start-up, whose technology may become a part of the new iOS7.

Over the past two years a company called WiFiSlam was developing a technology that would allow to determine the location of the mobile device in buildings with accuracy of about two to three meters. The main feature of this technology is that the determination of the device is being held with the help of wi-fi networks. The key imperfection of today's geolocation is that the GPS signal doesn't always work correctly inside the buildings. But with the help of technology, developed by WiFiSlam, the determination of device's location would be much more accurate.

The potential for this technology is quite big, but not huge. Equipping the iPhone or iPad with a technology that will allow to accurately determine the device's location would likely create a relatively small market of specific applications for turn-based navigation in large shopping malls or other large buildings.

It is possible that the technology and new services created on the basis of it will be one of the new features of iOS 7, the first beta version of which, according to the annual cycle of updates is currently being prepared for launch. Perhaps iOS 7 will be enriched by another application that will work on the technology by WiFiSlam.

by Dmytro Bilkun