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  • 'Bluetooth 5' reportedly to be announced Next Week, With 4x Speed and Better Range

    Bluetooth 5, will be the next generation of Bluetooth (standard) and is reportedly going to be announced next week which offers double the range and 4 times faster than Bluetooth 4.1 (that's quadruple the speed of the current generations).

    Mark Powell, the director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has revealed the news in an email which was sent to the UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. It is backed by many major companies such as Apple and Intel .

    June 16th is the date that Mark Powell will be announcing this exciting new Bluetooth 5.


    The standard's adoption of the title "Bluetooth 5" drops reference to both the version and point number, indicating both a significant revision of the protocol and an effort by SIG to simplify its marketing strategy.

    The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, in addition to increased support for location-based connectionless services, such as assistive navigation beacons.

    It's unclear whether Bluetooth 5 will come to existing devices as a firmware update or require new hardware, but the latter is more likely. Previously, Bluetooth 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 devices were not upgradeable to newer versions of the standard, but Bluetooth 4.0 devices could be upgraded to Bluetooth 4.1 via software patches.

    In October last year, Apple quietly added Bluetooth 4.2 support to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2, bringing 2.5x faster speeds and up to ten times higher data capacity to the devices.

    Rumors of impending upgrades to Apple's MacBook range typically make no mention of wireless protocols, while iPhone 7 leaks and speculation are also usually silent on the subject.

    However, given the increasing likelihood that Apple will remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Bluetooth will become the primary means of connecting headphones for most users unless wired Lightning earbuds are included in the box.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Bluetooth 5' reportedly to be announced Next Week, With 4x Speed and Better Range started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. littlelisa63's Avatar
      littlelisa63 -
      Wouldn't mind...but Bluetooth is crap anyway
    1. brandoncarr's Avatar
      brandoncarr -
      Is a hardware upgrade necessary to use BT5, or is this purely a software thing?

      EDIT: Just read the part that indicates it can go either way.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by littlelisa63 View Post
      Wouldn't mind...but Bluetooth is crap anyway
      If only you had a clue what you were talking about.
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      AWESOME! Just in time to miss the iphone 7 ;-/
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      AWESOME! Just in time to miss the iphone 7 ;-/
      Did you get on to Telegram?
    1. systememp's Avatar
      systememp -
      Faster Bluetooth? That's like a mailman with running shoes. What benefits does faster Bluetooth have?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by systememp View Post
      Faster Bluetooth? That's like a mailman with running shoes. What benefits does faster Bluetooth have?
      Your music will play at four times the speed and if you type one letter on your Bluetooth keyboard, it'll automatically type it 4 times.

      /kidding.
    1. systememp's Avatar
      systememp -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Your music will play at four times the speed and if you type one letter on your Bluetooth keyboard, it'll automatically type it 4 times.

      /kidding.
      [emoji23]
      The only benefit I see is farther distance from a device.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by systememp View Post
      [emoji23]
      The only benefit I see is farther distance from a device.
      Yep. Range is the only benefit I see. Someone please enlighten us what does speed benefit do? Is it about how long it takes for the phone to detect and connect to a Bluetooth device?
    1. djaquapimp's Avatar
      djaquapimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Yep. Range is the only benefit I see. Someone please enlighten us what does speed benefit do? Is it about how long it takes for the phone to detect and connect to a Bluetooth device?
      The ability to transfer data faster as well as the ability to possibly play lossless or high-res audio without having to rely on proprietary real-time compression like aptX. At first I thought why would they want to make a proprietary technology obsolete? But it doesn't look like Bluetooth & aptX are owned by the same people.