#ios 7.1

The one thing people seem to unanimously like about the Amazon FireTV is the voice search. So yeah, this makes sense. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s able to search across all content on the Apple TV (unlike on the FireTV right now).

I just wonder if we’ll see this roll out before any new Apple TV hardware or if it will utilize the iOS Remote app. Otherwise, you’d think we’d need some new hardware to be able to listen…

Doug Thompson:

But with iOS 7.1 your application will listen for beacons even if it was hard closed. The user can still opt out by turning off “location permission” under settings, can turn Bluetooth off, or can delete your app entirely.

But the change is a major boon to iBeacon developers – and will mean you no longer need to find fancy ways to prompt your user to keep an app in background mode.

A subtle, yet important change that could be massive for iBeacon.