While Apple has picked up a variety of well-known software developers over the past year, the company also made sure to cover a few hardware bases. Apple recently acquired Passif, a Silicon Valley-based communication chip maker that specialized in low-energy products.
What could this pickup mean for the future of the iPhone? With iOS 7 set to have more location-based features than ever, Passif's chips can help ensure that your phone won't be drained after passively interacting with any shops or restaurants you walk by throughout the day. The manufacturer's technology could also be implemented in Apple's "iOS in the Car" as well as its rumored iWatch device.