A curious download hit Apple’s app store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.
It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their first iOS app.
The Multipeer Connectivity Framework enables users to flexibly use WiFi and Bluetooth peer-to-peer connections to chat and share photos even without an Internet connection. Big deal, right?
But here’s the really big deal — it can enable two users to chat not only without an Internet connection, but also when they are far beyond WiFi and Bluetooth range from each other — connected with a chain of peer-to-peer users between one user and a far-away Internet connection.
- How an Under-Appreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World(apple4ladies.com)
- FireChat Promises Internet-Free Chat Between iOS Devices(macrumorsguru.com)
- FireChat Lets You Keep Chatting Without An Internet Connection(business2community.com)
- FireChat is a new way to chat “off the grid” but caution is advised(apple4ladies.com)
- New iPhone app lets you send texts even without ‘cellular signal’(hispanicbusiness.com)
- New FireChat App Takes Mobile Chatting ‘Off The Grid’(mobilemarketingwatch.com)
- Text Without Internet or Cellular Service with FireChat – Free Download(news.softpedia.com)
- NEWS FIIIX: FireChat App Lets You Text And Share Without No Signal, No Bars(thefiiix.com)
- Open Garden retools its crowdsourced mesh technology for an iOS messaging app (gigaom.com)