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A patent for ordering and paying with the iPhone over Wifi

The iPhone as a handyman tool for wireless networks, thanks to which you can place orders, buy services and choose in a menu at the restaurant. This is what would make it possible to make a patent registered by Apple and documented in eight pages that meticulously describe the operation of local wireless networks in combination with iPhone or iPod Touch to offer a long series of services to device users.

Thanks to the combination of Wi-Fi access points and iPhone functions, the phone would become a complete system that can be used from time to time to provide different services and functions, provided by a central server and all customized not only based on preferences and user information but also based on where they are located.

For example, an iPhone server could provide all iPhone users passing through the area with the dishes and proposals of a restaurant in the area, or even present a complete menu on the iPhone screen that would allow users who wish to place orders. possible are infinite as well as the services that can be provided, the only limit is the imagination of entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and even Apple. As for imagination and creativity, Cupertino's engineers have few rivals.In the case of the restaurant menu and orders, the personal information stored on the iPhone could indicate to the server any allergies or intolerances, perhaps in the case of a diabetic user, thus excluding all 'instant dishes and drinks not compatible with the correct diet.

The first patent that illustrates the localized and personalized applications and services provided via iPhone dates back to November 2006, therefore before the official announcement of the iPhone. In addition to restaurants, tourist guides, weather forecasts and other localized information, they could be supplied to iPhones passing through airports, or even in museums, amusement parks, zoos and so on. The examples of use suggested by Apple in the pages of the patent also provide for the possibility of downloading covers, buying songs or tickets during and before concerts, even at the cinema to buy the soundtrack of the film or to provide the translation service for iPhone users.

Apple specifies that the abundance of Wi-Fi access points even with overlapping areas served is the ideal condition of use. This is because an iPhone detected simultaneously by three access points perfectly localizable thanks to triangulation, thus allowing to always provide targeted services depending on the user's position. According to Apple, the alternative to the omnipresence of Wi-Fi access points is the spread of iPod and iPhone docking stations inside the premises or at the entrance to tourist attractions. The user could connect to the public Dock to download guides, maps, brochures and anything else, to then proceed independently in the visit. Depending on the location or room in which the user is located, all he has to do is select the relevant document or audio guide.

The examples and applications may continue for a long time. Now all that remains is to wait to see if and when all or some of these employment scenarios will really come true. One thing that is certain is Cupertino's ideas and the functionality of the iPhone can transform the smartphone into an omnipresent and still much more functional device than it is today.