Bluetooth 5 With 4x Longer Range and 2x Faster Speed is Officially Approved

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that the Bluetooth 5 standard has been officially adopted, which means manufacturers are now able to build it into their devices.

The next-generation Bluetooth standard offers longer range, faster speed, a larger broadcast message capacity, and better interoperability with other wireless technologies.

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Compared to existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity, bringing whole home coverage and more reliable connections between connected devices.

"This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity."

With the debut of Bluetooth 5, SIG's Bluetooth naming convention will drop all references to version and point number going forward, simplifying marketing.

Devices that adopt Bluetooth 5 will be available within two to six months, meaning the next-generation products Apple plans to debut in 2017, including the iPhone 8, may offer Bluetooth 5 support.

Top Rated Comments

_Refurbished_ Avatar
60 months ago
Analysts are reporting that Apple is going to create their own standard called Firetooth C. Firetooth C will require a dongle to be used, even though it's a wireless technology. More will be revealed at this year's Macworld conference.
Score: 53 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPLC Avatar
60 months ago
Time to drop WiFi for Apple. Lets call it courage, right?
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Appleaker Avatar
60 months ago
I can't wait to see the improvements in Bluetooth accessories... especially wireless audio.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Amacfa Avatar
60 months ago
So that's why the AirPods were delayed!
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ksnell Avatar
60 months ago
Too bad my brand new MBP and iPhone 7 won't get it :(
Seriously? That's how technology works...
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ErikGrim Avatar
60 months ago
Bluetooth - Next year it will be better.

- Gruber
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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