Apple Boxes Will Soon Be Able to Set Up Devices In-Store

By: Laura McQuarrie - Mar 30, 2015
References: apple & patentlyapple
Apple stores are busy places that are most always full of people in need of assistance—but some new high-tech Apple boxes could soon come to the rescue in order to alleviate staff duties and customer concerns.

Recently, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office released details from Apple about a smart packaging technology that would help to set up devices while they're still boxed up in the store. This kind of technology is set to work for a range of devices, including laptops, phones, wearables, media players or even routers. The diagram that accompanied the patent provides some insight as to how this system might work. Primarily, a "tap here" button on the box will help to begin the activation process through Bluetooth low energy.

Since getting into the mechanics of a new device can be daunting, this is a seamless way to make sure that accounts, data and information are all pre-set, so that the device is ready to use when it leaves the store.