Apple adds Bluetooth 4.0 support to new MacBook Air, Mac mini

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple's latest MacBook Air and Mac mini models released on Wednesday are the first hardware from the company to support the Bluetooth 4.0 wireless standard for improved power consumption.



The Bluetooth 4.0 specification was officially adopted last June, but Apple's previous Mac products, including the new iMacs and MacBook Pros, only supported Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate). Wednesday's update means the new MacBook Airs and Mac minis completely skipped the Bluetooth 3.0 specification as Apple opted for the latest standard.



Bluetooth 4.0 includes "Classic Bluetooth," "Bluetooth High Speed," and "Bluetooth Low Energy" protocols. The high-speed mode is based on Wi-Fi, while the classic mode supports legacy protocols.



The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) mode is aimed at low-power and low-latency applications. It carries a short range of up to 160 feet, but it still reaches farther than the competing radio frequency identification (RFID) wireless standard.



The additions come just a month after Apple officially joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group board of directors. At the time it was revealed that the company would aid in developing the low-power 4.0 specification.







The Bluetooth SIG said that Apple will offer the group insight on platform development, as the Cupertino, Calif., company understands that technology is now driven by "hub devices" that capture data, utilize that data at the application layer, and perhaps even upload it to the cloud. The group said in a press release that the addition of Apple "will ensure a smooth growth trajectory of Bluetooth v4.0."

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Ah, just came to post this. Should see it slide to all their models by the end of Q1 2012 (since we don't have the white MacBook to weigh us down anymore).



    Would you think the Bluetooth card from the Ivy Bridge Mac Pro could be put into a Nehalem one to give us 4.0?
  • Reply 2 of 6
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    What does it mean - your mouse batteries last longer?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    djintxdjintx Posts: 454member
    I wasn't even aware of better bluetooth specifications besides the 2.1 + EDR, so this is good. I wonder if Apple could be putting this in the iPhone 5? Does anyone know if the chip is the same size so that it would fit?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    spinozaspinoza Posts: 15member
    Wonder if the brand new iMac's will get this change. Store shows Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.



    What's the real-life benefit on an iMac? Better mouse battery life?
  • Reply 5 of 6
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spinoza View Post


    Wonder if the brand new iMac's will get this change. Store shows Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.



    2.1+EDR.



    And no, they won't get it. The next time it's updated, it will just be bumped up to Bluetooth 4.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The additions come just a month after Apple officially joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group board of directors. At the time it was revealed that the company would aid in developing the low-power 4.0 specification.



    The Bluetooth SIG said that Apple will offer the group insight on platform development, as the Cupertino, Calif., company understands that technology is now driven by "hub devices" that capture data, utilize that data at the application layer, and perhaps even upload it to the cloud. The group said in a press release that the addition of Apple "will ensure a smooth growth trajectory of Bluetooth v4.0."





    Bluetooth is a bag of hurt.



    Steve



    Sent from my iPhone
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