Apple getting into the restaurant software business?

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Apple patent application reveals restaurant ordering and reservation system
[Via MacDailyNews]


“On December 12, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new ordering and reservation system that could work with various Apple iDevices,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Although the system can be modified to be apply to movie theaters, repair services, museums and the like, Apple’s main focus is on a restaurant market application,” Purcher reports. “Our cover graphic [see full article] was taken from Apple’s ‘Life on iPad’ promotional video where they illustrated a chef or short order cook using the iPad as part of an ordering system. Today’s patent just happens to detail such a system.”


I’m thinking this will have more to do with the iBeacons system. I wrote about how this could impact credit card transactions at places such as restaurants.

The filing shows that Apple is expecting this things to work two way, with the customer pushing data back to the software.

The restaurants can push important information, such as menus to your device. Since the technology allows them to know where you are, they can easily notify you when a table is ready and even let you order some drinks for the waiter to bring, saving time.

You can signal to the waiter when you are ready to order or to the bartender that you want more drinks. Perhaps eve order directly to the kitchen and then the place really only needs runners to get the food out.

It will be interesting.

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