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MacRumors
Oct 4, 2011, 04:05 PM
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Earlier this year, Apple introduced new Bluetooth 4.0 chips (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/25/apples-adoption-of-bluetooth-low-energy-paves-way-for-new-possibilities/) in the MacBook Air and Mac Mini lines. The chips include support for Bluetooth Low Energy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_low_energy), a specification which opens the door (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/25/apples-adoption-of-bluetooth-low-energy-paves-way-for-new-possibilities/) to a number of new kinds of Bluetooth-powered devices. In the specifications (http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html) for the iPhone 4S, Apple notes Bluetooth 4.0 support is built-in.

There haven't been many products built for Bluetooth 4.0 yet, but there are a variety of possibilities:

- Find Me - electronic leash applications
- Proximity - wireless locking and unlocking, out of range alerts
- Sports / Running - stats and vitals
- Health - heart rate monitor, blood pressure, glucose monitors

Apple joined (http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/New-SIG-Board-Members.aspx) the Bluetooth board of directors in June and Bluetooth claims (http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Bluetooth-v4.0-Products.aspx) virtually all new smartphones will include Bluetooth 4.0 support by the end of 2012.

Article Link: iPhone 4S Supports "Low Energy" Bluetooth 4.0 (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/04/iphone-4s-supports-low-energy-bluetooth-4-0/)



chrmjenkins
Oct 4, 2011, 04:08 PM
Nice to see Apple at the forefront here. They had been lagging a bit on bluetooth standard compliance before.

jlgolson
Oct 4, 2011, 04:22 PM
Nice to see Apple at the forefront here. They had been lagging a bit on bluetooth standard compliance before.
But will they support Artist and Song title support when bluetooth streaming to my car?

marcusj0015
Oct 4, 2011, 04:25 PM
bluetooth 4 really isn't for music, it's for Low energy, AKA a NFC competitor...

chrmjenkins
Oct 4, 2011, 04:30 PM
But will they support Artist and Song title support when bluetooth streaming to my car?

Ask them. A minor quibble for most I'd venture though.

bluetooth 4 really isn't for music, it's for Low energy, AKA a NFC competitor...

Not entirely. Bluetooth 4.0 doesn't have the ability to have passive devices like NFC does.

thelatinist
Oct 4, 2011, 04:39 PM
But will they support Artist and Song title support when bluetooth streaming to my car?

Or skip/repeat. What's with the partial protocol implementations?

TonyLukes3
Oct 4, 2011, 04:42 PM
But will they support Artist and Song title support when bluetooth streaming to my car?

Check next week ;-)

Cod3rror
Oct 4, 2011, 06:20 PM
Can you clear it up, does it have the BT4.0 chip in it? Or is it BT4.0 compatible? i.e. talks with devices that are BT4.0.

DavidLeblond
Oct 4, 2011, 07:47 PM
Will it do text messages in Ford Sync systems? The video of the guy driving with an earbud in his ear makes me doubt it...

wovel
Oct 4, 2011, 08:39 PM
Can you clear it up, does it have the BT4.0 chip in it? Or is it BT4.0 compatible? i.e. talks with devices that are BT4.0.

Spec sheet says "Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology". This sounds like the chip.

FatMax
Oct 5, 2011, 02:40 AM
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This is huge I think! It may enable the so-called iWatch, because of the possibility of low power devices.

Can't wait to read messages on my arm, see incoming notifications and so on. Much like android devices does today.

Cod3rror
Oct 5, 2011, 05:48 AM
Spec sheet says "Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology". This sounds like the chip.

Thanks!

kinderdm
Oct 5, 2011, 12:52 PM
Unless Apple is planning on opening up bluetooth for developers to make us of in their apps then I dont really care what version of bluetooth is in the thing as it will still work with my headset the same either way. I really want to see some creative uses of bluetooth such as with my bluetooth ODBII device and computer remote controls. I know its a very small thing but this is one thing that makes no sense to me and makes me somewhat Android jealous.

CyberBob859
Oct 6, 2011, 04:23 PM
Nice to see Apple at the forefront here. They had been lagging a bit on bluetooth standard compliance before.

All I want is to have my iPhone work properly with the Bluetooth hands-free system in my Nissan Sentra. A 2006 Motorola Q worked perfectly. iPhone 3G (iOS 3.x, iOS 4.x) and iPhone 4 both have problems.

Risco
Oct 6, 2011, 04:32 PM
Waste of time unless they start allowing people to send and receive to computers.

mrbib
Dec 30, 2011, 08:01 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

This is huge I think! It may enable the so-called iWatch, because of the possibility of low power devices.

Can't wait to read messages on my arm, see incoming notifications and so on. Much like android devices does today.

Your wait is nearly over!
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