Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
I don't see what this patent has to do with a new iPhone.
To do what? Apple has the patent.
This patent implies a truly massive ecosystem and infrastructure of appliances. There will have to be "AirHome compatible" licensing, it will take years upon years for products to show up on the market, and then decades more for people to actually switch out old appliances with new ones.
Releasing an iPhone with this capability is meaningless unless you have that backing.
What does it have to do with a new iPhone. A new iPhone will have the functions described in the patent. Isn't that obvious?
What does the new patent have to do with competitors? If the patent is viable (or even if it is not), then competitors see what Apple has in its future plans. Invaluable, and worthy of NDAs. Competitors now have the time and review the patent, determine its weaknesses and holes, then design around them to create their own devices that can compete.
Massive ecosystem and infrastructure is coming much more rapidly. It's not decades but a few years before something like this is ubiquitous. Apple can design devices, and produce some of these products themselves such as a new Apple TV, a real Apple-brand TV, all their computer products. There are digital thermostats, one which had been sold from Apple store and recently withdrawn -- I wonder why! Apple can also allow FRAND licensing to companies to make compatible devices (that would not compete with Apple products). There is now a little hobby industry out there based on the Arduino, some projects are at http://hacknmod.com/hack/top-40-arduino-projects-of-the-web/ that is ripe for Apple-created standards. And the industry generally is waiting for Apple to validate new payment methods using NFC -- it's balkanized as this time.
My guess, very strong, because who else will be able to pull it off, Apple will be coming out with the RFID, NFC iPhone for use in retail stores. Here is an interview by Ron Johnson, current CEO of JCPenney, formerly of Apple, discussing his vision of where JCPenney will be before the year is out, and what 2013 changes will occur. http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/07/18/bst-johnson-jcpenney.fortune/?iid=obnetwork. Apple, and Apple Stores are mentioned often. Hint, Hint.
Edited by waldobushman - 7/27/12 at 7:52pm