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With the recent release of Apple’s new “Magic” devices—the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Keyboard—some of you may be wondering if your Mac can support these new peripherals. Since all of the new Magic devices are wireless and work with the latest Bluetooth versions, it’s important to know if your Mac will support them before making a purchase.

Apple doesn’t exactly make it easy and straightforward to find what version of Bluetooth your Mac sports, but it can be done. In this post, we’ll show you a simple method for quickly deriving your Mac’s Bluetooth version in just a few steps.

Step 1: Click the Apple Menu → About This Mac → System Report

Step 2: Under the Hardware disclosure triangle, select Bluetooth

Step 3: Under Hardware, Features, and Settings, find LMP Version and denote its value.

Now that you have the LMP version, which stands for Link Manager Parameter, it’s time to cross reference it with the official Bluetooth spec:

LMP Spec Bluetooth

As you can see, Bluetooth 4.0 = 6. So an LMP Version of 0x6 would denote a Bluetooth chip with a Bluetooth 4.0 core specification. In other words, if you see LMP Version 0x6, you have Bluetooth 4.0.

By the way, here’s mine:

System Report Bluetooth Mac

Bluetooth 4.0, confirmed. Now check yours out, and report back with your version of Bluetooth in the comments.

As pointed out by Jordi in the comments, you can also find your Bluetooth version via the Terminal:

LMP Version Terminal Bluetooth

Here is the command:
system_profiler -detailLevel full SPBluetoothDataType | grep "LMP Version"
I added ” Version” so that it wouldn’t pull in the Subversion, which isn’t needed for this exercise.

  • Jordi Kroon

    A more easier method may be to use Terminal.

    Just launch a terminal window and paste the following command:
    system_profiler -detailLevel full SPBluetoothDataType | grep “LMP”

  • Thank you, I’ll add this to the post and credit you.

  • jelockwood

    I already knew my Bluetooth version was 4.0 but it was nice to have an official means of verifying this. I have a Mac Pro 5,1 2010 which I fitted an upgraded Apple Bluetooth and 802.11ac WiFi board to.

    However your article does not say the new Magic devices absolutely require 4.0 or higher and Apple’s own website merely says you need Bluetooth and OS X 10.11. Apple’s requirements could therefore cover much older versions of Bluetooth although I suspect some benefits particularly the low energy usage would require 4.0. By the way this is also referred to as Bluetooth LE.

  • Tony Lindsey

    Your article is well-written, but omits the most important point of the article: What version of Bluetooth WORKS best with the new Magic devices? You never say, and as a reader, I don’t have that information at my fingertips. Not all of us have your perspective.

  • Jayedwin98020

    I have an older Mac Pro 5,1, “Early 2009”, 3.33 GHz, 6-core Intel Xeon, w/ 16 GB of memory. I have never been able to find any references, regarding this particular computer. I purchased this computer used, so think it may have been “updated” by the previous owner, who used it for video production, and editing.

    The Mac Pro’s Bluetooth, LMP version is: 0x4, or Bluetooth Core Specification: 2.1+EDR. Not sure what “EDR” stands for.

    I would like to purchase a new headset, that requires Bluetooth 4. So was wondering what’s required to make my MacPro compatible? Would it be just a software upgrade, or would I need to invest in some additional hardware, and possibly an “update” in my OS? I’m currently running an older OS: OS X 10.9.5 (13F1911). Took the above information from my computer’s “About This Mac”.

    I’m a graphics designer, and have only “marginal knowledge” about hardware. So I would really appreciate any “upgrade” suggests that would allow me to use these newer “Bluetooth 4” products.

    Thank You

    Jim Dasher

    E.: rii.jed@gmail.com
    P.: 425.774.0170