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Learning iBeacon

By : Craig Gilchrist
Book Image

Learning iBeacon

By: Craig Gilchrist

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning iBeacon
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Compatible devices

Although Apple only released the specification for BLE devices to broadcast iBeacon signals at the end of 2013, they'd been cleverly putting Bluetooth 4.0 hardware into devices since 2011, which means that even some older devices worked immediately with iBeacon with the release of iOS 7.

The following table lists some of the iBeacon-compatible iOS devices:

Device family


Release date


iPhone 4s

October 14, 2011

iPhone 5

September 21, 2012

iPhone 5s

September 20, 2013

iPhone 5c

September 20, 2013


iPad Mini (first generation)

November 2, 2012

iPad Mini (second generation)

June 30, 2014

iPad (third generation)

March 16, 2012

iPad (fourth generation)

November 2, 2012

iPad Air

November 1, 2013

iPod Touch

iPod Touch (fifth generation)

October 11, 2012


Although not covered in this book, it's worth noting that Bluetooth beacons also work with Android devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 and running Android 4.3 and later, which includes some of the most popular devices (Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5/S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 2/3, HTC One, Google/LG Nexus 7 (2013 version)/Nexus 4/Nexus 5, and HTC Butterfly).