Updated: 05/19/2017 by Computer Hope

iBeacon is an indoor proximity system trademarked by Apple. It is a technology that enables an iOS device or other hardware to send push notifications to other iOS devices in close proximity.

iBeacon devices have a built-in Bluetooth 4.0 chip called a BLE (Bluetooth low energy) that can run for up to two years on a single included battery. The device usually has a soft silicon covering, and the back side of the beacon is usually sticky, which allows it to be affixed to flat surfaces such as wood, concrete, or glass. The notification range of an iBeacon can be as far as 200-feet.


Android devices may receive iBeacon notifications, but cannot broadcast them.

Apple terms, Hardware, IOS, Push notification