Apple Submits Mystery 'Wireless Device' With Bluetooth and NFC to FCC

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    Earlier this week, we spotted an Apple filing for a nondescript "wireless device" pass through the FCC ID database. Apple characteristically requested permanent confidentiality for most of the documents in the filing, including photos, user manuals, and schematics, so the entry largely remains a mystery.

    What we do know is the device has a model number of A1844, which does not line up with any existing Apple products. A regulatory label shows the device has two Torx screws on the back plate of the device, which appears to have at least two slightly curved edges. The device has an electrical rating of 5.5V to 13.2V.

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    Test reports completed by UL Verification Services also reveal the wireless device has Bluetooth and NFC, although Wi-Fi is not mentioned.

    Some websites have speculated the filing could represent a new Apple TV, but the device appears to be smaller based on the artwork -- although there are no exact measurements for scale. The device also has oddly specific regulatory text etched directly on the back of the device, including a wiring guide, which would be uncharacteristic of Apple to include on the exterior of a consumer-facing product.

    Perhaps, then, the wireless device is for internal use. Back in 2014, an FCC filing revealed Apple's first-party iBeacon hardware, for example, which the company uses in its retail stores. Originally introduced at WWDC 2013, iBeacon technology enables iOS devices to communicate with transmitters via Bluetooth LE in order to deliver relevant information to apps and services when a user is nearby.

    Without any supplemental information, the FCC filing will likely remain a mystery. At this point, virtually any wild speculation is fair game, ranging from a new AirPort Extreme to Apple's widely rumored Siri-enabled speaker for smart homes, although the latter product is reportedly still being prototyped.

    Article Link: Apple Submits Mystery 'Wireless Device' With Bluetooth and NFC to FCC
     
  2. mike... macrumors member

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    It's a thermostat. Apple will launch a load of IoT devices (compatible with HomeKit, of course) around this time next year.
     
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    You mean they're making a Sega Dolphin-like device?

    J/K, it's Friday.
     
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    Clearly, Apple are building a spaceship.
     
  6. MentalFloss macrumors 65816

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    Wiring guide? That's a HomeKit accessory then. How much more obvious can it get?
     
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    Lots of other sources are saying it's an Echo like device.
    We'll see I hope.
     
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    Certainly possible, but the article mentioned no wifi which would be a necessary component for it I think.
     
  10. mike... macrumors member

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    Lots of thermostats use RS485 control signals. I'm telling you all, it's a thermostat.
     
  11. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking it's an Apple Pay device to compete with Square.
     
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  14. DotCom2 macrumors 601

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    Dunno, I'm just echoing (lol) what I'm hearing from a lot of other sources.
     
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    I want to be able to yell things to Siri from every room in the house so this is awesome. I'll take 10.
     
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    Totally think this as well. What if you just tap your phone or watch to the device and NFC tells the device to pair over bluetooth and start playing music?
     
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    Oh yes, it's all part of the fun in speculating on what the patent application might be for.
     
  21. mike... macrumors member

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    You'll be out and about, and realise it's a chilly day. You'll be able to say "Siri, turn my heating on so it's 20ºC when I get home" and it'll happen. This kind of Siri integration seems obvious when Apple are also planning an Echo-like device. Mark my words there'll be loads of networked Siri-controlled Apple IoT devices within a year.
     
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    My guess is that it is something for the Home, possibly a hub of sorts for Home automation. The part that I can't figure out is - why the NFC chip? As others have suggested, that would imply that it activates with proximity. But I don't think this is iBeacon at all, this is something for the general public. Curiouser and curiouser.... ;)
     
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