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Bluetooth 5 will double the speed, quadruple the range of its predecessor

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have announced the details of Bluetooth 5. The next version of the wireless hardware standard will have double the speeds and four times the range of Bluetooth 4,

The SIG stated:

Bluetooth 5, projected for release in late 2016 to early 2017, will quadruple range and double speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800 percent. It achieves all this alongside its industry-leading power performance. With the major boost in broadcast messaging capacity, the data being transferred will be richer, more intelligent. This will redefine the way Bluetooth devices transmit information, moving away from the app-paired-to-device model to a connectionless IoT where there is less need to download an app or connect the app to a device.

SIG added that it expects the launch of Bluetooth 5 to accelerate the growth of Internet of Things products:

With eight times the broadcast messaging capacity, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets. In scenarios where contextual awareness like navigation and pin-point location are crucial – such as hassle-free airport navigation experiences, asset tracking of warehouse inventory, emergency response, even smart city infrastructure that helps the visually impaired be more mobile – Bluetooth 5 will send custom information people actually find useful in that moment without connection and application barriers.

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8 Comments
  • That's cool. Too bad the 2016 iPhone will be too far along to get it ... or will it?
  • of course it's too far along. I'd be surprised if even the 2017 iPhone gets it.
  • Well the company probably notified its main customers like apple way in advance when they expected to roll it out. Which means that Apple probably planned when to implement it a couple of years ago. Sent from the iMore App
  • I've been hoping for good Bluetooth file transfer since the Galaxy S3 when they let us just touch the backs of the phones together. Sent from the iMore App
  • Maybe this will help push the Bluetooth headphone business further, increased speeds mean that audio can be transmitted losslessly and that might help bring in the audiophools... er... I mean the audiophiles into wireless territory.
  • So BT headphones will no longer just for sheeple, er- the unwashed masses, er- regular people who don't really care about the quality of low-bit rate mp3s they hear?
  • yes, insults. Always a good strategy for getting people on your side.
  • It not use for iphone, coz can't send anyfile using it.. How pity, the smartphone can't using Bluetooth to send file, shame Sent from the iMore App