iPhone 7 gets Bluetooth 5

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  1. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    The iPhone 7 will feature Bluetooth 5. The new Bluetooth 5 quadruples range, doubles speed, and increases data broadcasting capacity by 800% over Bluetooth 4.0.

    The iPhone 4S was the first smartphone to feature Bluetooth 4.0 and the MacBook Air and Mac mini were the first computers to get the technology shortly before the iPhone 4S release. The iPhone 7 will be the first to feature the new Bluetooth 5 (they've dropped the .0 from the name).
     
  2. lellis2k macrumors 6502

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    What is this, a prediction or a fact based on some information/source?
     
  3. OldSchoolMacGuy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Based on actual information from friends at Apple.
     
  4. Raphael96 macrumors member

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  5. noobinator macrumors 601

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    You mean a genius or store employee? Or someone in corporate? Or my cousins, uncles, brothers, nephews, stepdads 3rd father type of situation?
     
  6. OldSchoolMacGuy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Corporate. People that work for the Apple Store have no clue what's coming until the announcements are made public.
     
  7. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    Fixed it for you. :)
     
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Not true. Bluetooth 4.0 increased speed which meant LESS battery drain as information can be sent faster which requires shorter transmission bursts.

    Unlike LTE which does take more power than 3G, faster Bluetooth speeds have meant less battery usage. If battery usage is the same for both old and new, but you can transfer a file in 1/10th the time with the new higher speed protocol, you save a lot of battery life by only transmitting for 1/10th the time.

    Bluetooth 5 was designed with IoT devices very specifically in mind. With more than 371 million Bluetooth enabled devices shipping by 2020, they've been very aware of the needs of small, connected devices with limited battery capacity when developing the standard.
     
  9. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    I hope you are right.

    I don't like Bluetooth technology one bit. I like my wires.
     
  10. NewtonPippin macrumors regular

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    Can confirm. Buddy works at Apple (engineering) and we are getting Bluetooth 5 in the iPhone 7. Perfect match for the AirPods
     
  11. dalthicks macrumors member

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    In order to take advantage of Bluetooth 5's new specs, will a device, for example a Bluetooth speaker, have to have Bluetooth 5 as well? Or will I have increased range and speed with all of my current Bluetooth devices, simply by having an iPhone 7?
     
  12. techiebug macrumors 6502a

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    Probably true. Iphone 7 focuses on wireless so an improved bluetooth makes sense.
     
  13. JDHiro macrumors regular

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    Lossless wireless headphones, yes please. It's annoying that the iPhone hasn't supported AptX (and Mac has barely supported it).
     
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, both devices must have Bluetooth 5 to take advantage of it, just as was the case with Bluetooth 4.0. It will be backwards compatible with older 4.0 devices but you won't see the added benefits of the new standard.
     
  15. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    I'm definitely buying the new iPhone if this is true. I also hope Apple updates its range of Beats products to take full advantage of these new technologies.
     
  16. thisisnotmyname macrumors 65816

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    Great announcement to coincide with the removal of legacy headphone jacks
     
  17. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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    Tim's thugs will hunt you down for leaking this and whack you in the kneecaps...
     
  18. dalthicks macrumors member

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    Cool thanks for the info.
     
  19. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Looks like OP needs a new source at Apple... :rolleyes:;):p

    http://www.apple.com/iphone-7/specs/
     
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