Does macbook pro 15 mid2012 has bluetooth 4.0?

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  1. jacdem macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    I have a Macbook pro 15 mid2012 and an Ipad mini retina. I wanted to use Handoff but I didn't find "allow handoff" in system preferences. I tried to use yosemite continuity tool and It showed me my macbook pro has no bluetooth 4.0 support.
    My computer is recorded on apple website and everymac as having bluetooth 4.0. I wanted to know if there is a problem with my macbook specifically or do all macbook pro 15 mid2012?
    your answer is highly appreciated
    PS. I have the macbook pro 15 mid2012, 512mb video card and 1680x1050
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Your Mac is on the supported list. Have you got Bluetooth turned on in sys prefs?
  3. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    That macbook pro does have bluetooth 4.0 and is a supported model for handoff. Follow the steps at the link below, they should help you get set up.
  4. jacdem thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Thank you for your replies. That is the weird thing I am experiencing with my macbook pro. Everywhere I find that my computer should be able to use handoff but actually it cannot. I am posting here the content of the bluetooth

    Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 4.3.1f2 15015
    Hardware, Features, and Settings:
    Address: 10-9A-DD-B5-87-8C
    Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: No
    Handoff Supported: No
    Instant Hotspot Supported: No
    Manufacturer: Broadcom
    Transport: USB
    Chipset: Unknown (ffff)
    Firmware Version: v42 c846
    Bluetooth Power: Off
    Discoverable: Off
    Auto Seek Pointing: On
    Remote wake: On
    Vendor ID: 0x05AC
    Product ID: 0x8218
    HCI Version: 0x4
    HCI Revision: 0x34E
    LMP Version: 0x4
    LMP Subversion: 0x422A
    Auto Seek Keyboard: On

    Does my macbook pro have the same bluetooth module as the others?
  5. dokterdok macrumors member

    May 6, 2010
    Based on the product id you mentioned, the Bluetooth chip is the same as the one in some pre-2012 Macs (e.g. MacBook Pro 2010), and supports Bluetooth 2.1 EDR but not higher.
    You might have been misguided about your Mac production year, or an old card happens to be installed in it.

    If you want to check your Mac product year:
    Go to  > About This Mac
    The year should be set next to your MacBook Pro model.

    Three options to get Handoff working:
    • Replace your AirPort card with a Continuity compatible one and apply the Continuity Activation Tool. Many helpful threads like this one can guide you with this.
    • Wait for the release of Continuity Activation Tool 2 (expect it before Christmas) and get a compatible USB Bluetooth 4.0 dongle.
    • Get a new Mac ;)
  6. jacdem thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Thank you Dokterdok. below I am posting my computer hardware information. Someone changed the bluetooth module or what happened? I will try to follow your advice but I will be happy to know if the computer I have have been opened to change things inside.
    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro9,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Boot ROM Version: MBP91.00D3.B08
    SMC Version (system): 2.1f175
    Serial Number (system): C02KFFXSDV33
    Hardware UUID: A6DAA146-E3E5-57BB-A39C-F510B588B57C
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled
  7. abn0rma1 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2014
    Weird...based on the information you pasted, you definitely have a mid-2012 model as confirmed by this:

    And the technical specifications for that model definitely indicate Bluetooth 4.0 support as confirmed by this:

    Did you buy it second-hand or are you the original owner? I don't see how that would make a difference but just curious
  8. jacdem thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    I bought it second hand but the battery cycle was just 12. The seller assured me it has never been opened. I can see he was lying. I have very frequent internet connection drops. May be related too. if not the specifications of the computer showed it should support hand off. I don't know if the Bluetooth module is the original one or if it is a replacement.
    Sorry for my bad english
  9. abn0rma1 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2014
    Ah - unfortunately it sounds like there may have been some foul play/dishonesty by the seller. Perhaps some parts were re-salvaged or replaced then as if it were stock configuration it should be fine.

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