Bluetooth 5 With 4x Longer Range and 2x Faster Speed is Officially Approved

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    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that the Bluetooth 5 standard has been officially adopted, which means manufacturers are now able to build it into their devices.

    The next-generation Bluetooth standard offers longer range, faster speed, a larger broadcast message capacity, and better interoperability with other wireless technologies.

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    Compared to existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity, bringing whole home coverage and more reliable connections between connected devices.
    With the debut of Bluetooth 5, SIG's Bluetooth naming convention will drop all references to version and point number going forward, simplifying marketing.

    Devices that adopt Bluetooth 5 will be available within two to six months, meaning the next-generation products Apple plans to debut in 2017, including the iPhone 8, may offer Bluetooth 5 support.

    Article Link: Bluetooth 5 With 4x Longer Range and 2x Faster Speed is Officially Approved
     
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

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    I can't wait to see the improvements in Bluetooth accessories... especially wireless audio.
     
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    Too bad my brand new MBP and iPhone 7 won't get it :(
     
  4. JPLC macrumors 6502

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    Time to drop WiFi for Apple. Lets call it courage, right?
     
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    Missed the plane for the Airport series.
     
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    If nMP doesn't have this, Apple really has given up. That is the one machine that should have top end cutting edge everything.
     
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    You know, I can see Apple dropping WiFi and replacing it with LiFi when WiFi is still mainstream and then there's going to be some WiFi Adapter that you can plug into the Lightning port to be able to connect to WiFi.
     
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    Analysts are reporting that Apple is going to create their own standard called Firetooth C. Firetooth C will require a dongle to be used, even though it's a wireless technology. More will be revealed at this year's Macworld conference.
     
  11. iansilv macrumors 65816

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    Would this be fast enough to support wireless vr headsets?
     
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    So, 4-5 key benefits cited but where is "improved wireless audio quality" which, relative to countless "the future" arguments seems to be the most important benefit of taking this step toward the future.

    Surely, Bluetooth 5 addresses audio quality and audio latency issues of the existing Bluetooth standard, right?

    Are those in "8X broadcast message capacity?" Else, where are they?
     
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    I hear Apple will be selling an adapter for a mere $419.99
     
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    I'm both hopefully and nayer in regards to nMP....but if the event turns out to be apocalyptic type....I would hope there's one for cMP as upgrade compatibility.
     
  15. Romy90210 macrumors 6502

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    Apple will add this to their products in 2025....
     
  16. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, I laughed. But seriously, does this turn Bluetooth into a WiFi competitor?
     
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    We will see. Current bluetooth is supposed to be able to support up to 10 devices paired concurrently, yet in reality, I find that 2-3 already start giving me problems (because they don't always play nice with each other).

    I will believe it when I see it.
     
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    Weird that Bluetooth doesn't adopt features on the W1 chip.
     
  19. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    Really? This will create even more confusion in what features customers can expect if they don't have devices with the latest Bluetooth.
    I mean even internal to Apple, we already have confusion from the lay consumers as to what devices support handoff etc. Then there are issues where devices don't play nice with each other, and it's more difficult to troubleshoot if there's no distinctions between versions.

    I think this is why Apple decided to just develop their own solution via the W1 chip.
     
  20. Soccertess macrumors 65816

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    for sure. I had issues with my wireless headphones today and had to use wired, it was horrible! I think if wireless charging enters the world (something better than Qi), than the days of wires is done for
     
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    I said it before, Apple sits on the BT SIG board, and is integral in the development of the standards. It's likely that Apple took what it needed from those standards and implemented them early in the W1, since the W1 will likely have to be compliant with BT 5 in order for the brand new AirPods to retain their value for more than a few months. Apple may also have implemented some of their proposals to try and force the change as part of future standards.
     
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    Seriously? That's how technology works...
     
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    If nNP gets this, we'd have a nMP. :eek:
     
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