Apple adds Bluetooth support to assorted iPhone, iPad models

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 08:50
Category: Bluetooth, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, News, Software


It’s not unexpected by any means.

And it’s a cool bell and whistle.

Apple has published changes to its tech specs following its September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4. With these changes, Apple quietly modified the tech specs and comparison pages for 2014’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 to bump them all from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2, the latest version of the increasingly popular wireless standard. While the sixth-generation iPod touch shipped with Bluetooth 4.1, the original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPhone 5s all remain on Bluetooth 4.0.

The Bluetooth 4.2 spec promises speeds up to 2.5x faster than its predecessor with 10x the data capacity. The standard is said to improve privacy, security and power efficiency. Apple Apple is expected to release a new keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 featuring the Bluetooth 4.2 standard.

Apple may have a firmware update or something else in the fix to allow for compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.2 standard. In the past, Bluetooth 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 devices could not be upgraded to newer versions of the standard, but Bluetooth 4.0 devices were able to upgrade to Bluetooth 4.1 using product-specific software patches.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac

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