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Cham2000

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The new Mac minis are using Bluetooth protocol version 5.3, which is supposed to be better/faster. But what about the Apple Magic Mouse and the TouchID keyboard? Do they use BT 5.3 too, or just 5.0? If it's 5.0, then what gives? Why bother about v5.3 on the minis?
 

hg.wells

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The Magic Mouse and TouchID Keyboards were released prior to BT 5.3 being released. I don't know if a software update can be pushed to support the updated protocol.

The Mac Mini is also sold as a standalone device without a keyboard and mouse, there are a lot of users that do not purchase an Apple Keyboard and Mouse, so the updated protocol would be beneficial. Also, there are many more peripherals that use Bluetooth than just a keyboard and mouse that would benefit users.
 

Cham2000

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The Magic Mouse and TouchID Keyboards were released prior to BT 5.3 being released. I don't know if a software update can be pushed to support the updated protocol.

The Mac Mini is also sold as a standalone device without a keyboard and mouse, there are a lot of users that do not purchase an Apple Keyboard and Mouse, so the updated protocol would be beneficial. Also, there are many more peripherals that use Bluetooth than just a keyboard and mouse that would benefit users.
Yes, I agree with all this, but then the Apple keyboard and mouse are still on 5.0. I guess it's not a problem for the kind of "low" data managed by these peripherals. But using 5.3 instead would (may) help with the BT issue experienced with the minis.
 

gazwas

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Bluetooth 5.3 is primarily about efficiency, speed and reliability of the connection.

Apples Magic keyboards etc were release in 2015 and will be updated in the next 6-12 months with USB-C so expect the Bluetooth spec to be updated with them.

Not a single connection problem with my first generation Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad dating back to 2008 on the current M2 Pro so don’t believe everything you read on forums.
 
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