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Do you have a bright idea for spying on fanbois as they go about their fruity business?

Now's the time to capitalise on it, because Apple have just launched a new certification scheme for anyone making stuff using their iBeacon system.

Under the Made for iOS (MFi) scheme, manufacturers can now ask to append the iBeacon name to their products or use it in their branding.

Although the specifics of Apple's requirements are hidden behind non-disclosure agreements, it is more than likely that any products will have to use Bluetooth LE.

The iBeacon system was added in iOS 7 and brings location facilities to Apple products, using Bluetooth LE.

This could be useful for tracking fanbois' progress as they rollock around an Apple store or for offering them location-specific services, but could also be put to any number of creepy uses.

The system has already been rolled out in some Macy's stores. ®

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