Bluetooth 4.2 on iPhone 6 and other devices

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  1. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/09/bluetooth-4-2-iphone-6-ipad-air-2/
    I find this very interesting. Hopefully it is a firmware update and not new hardware, but even at that the Apple Watch page still says 4.0 so it wouldn't really make a difference for a lot of people.

    What are your thoughts on Bluetooth 4.2 on older devices?
     
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    Where does one find out the bluetooth version on their iPhone ?
     
  3. The Doctor11 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I don't know, was wondering this as well.
     
  4. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I would have thought it was backwards compatible. So the fact that you have Bluetooth 4.2 on your phone won't prevent you from using a Bluetooth 3.x device. You just wouldn't get the better security or speed.

    In which case, I'm not sure what the question is...

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    Yes this is correct, not really much of a question more of thoughts on this.
     
  6. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure what one can think about this... It's not like a new version of Bluetooth is likely to be retro-fitted back onto older devices, usually. And considering there's likely not many Bluetooth 4.2 devices right now anyway to connect to, there's not much point in manufacturers trying to shoe-horn that into existing devices. But as new devices are released, we'll see more and more that take advantage of the newer technology.

    As far as the older iPhones getting it, it was likely something that was easy for Apple to add with low risk of breaking anything. Or it was better for them from a stability point of view to include all the iPhones 6's in the mix, as opposed to having a separate code base for the older ones. The more complex you make things, the higher the risk of problems.

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    That's actually the interesting part about this.
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014...ings-ipv6-better-privacy-and-increased-speed/
    Probably should have included this in the OP.
     

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