Bluetooth 5 to double the speed and quadruple the range

By , Jun 10, 2016

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG) is prepping to announce Bluetooth 5 next week. The next major revision of the popular short-range wireless standard will bring four times the range and two times faster data transfer than the current Bluetooth 4.2 standard, BSIG Executive Director Mark Powell said in an email to Blue Maestro, a United Kingdom health and monitoring company. The new Bluetooth standard will be formally announcement at a media event on June 16 in London.

As mentioned, Bluetooth 5 offers double the speed and quadruple the range of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. For calibration, the maximum theoretical range of Bluetooth 4.x is up to 30 feet, or about nine meters.

Bluetooth 5 also supports location-relevant information and navigation which will be useful for assistive navigation beacons and location-based services.

Powell has confirmed that the next version of Bluetooth will be marketed as Bluetooth 5. Apple’s long been an Associate Board Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group organization and a year ago has become a Promoting Member with voting rights.

Source: BSIG

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  • n0ahcruz3

    Oh yeah the iPhone definitely needs this. iPhone has a shitty bluetooth range.

    • :D

      Maybe it’s just your bluetooth device or maybe your phone is just faulty. I can use Bluetooth 4.1 earphones connected to my phone from downstairs while my phone is upstairs.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I wish i was making this up but i have an iPhone 6 and bluetooth is shitty. My music gets choppy at a certain range. When i compared it to my Moto G’s(1stgen) Bluetooth it’s not the same case. I think same goes to iPhone SE.

      • TechnoBuff

        You are right, it does happen

    • Shinonuke

      My daughter uses the iPad Air (first ten) with Bluetooth with good range. Speakers connects and play even from downstairs while the speaker is upstairs. However, my 6s plus doesn’t have the same range though.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    IDB, any chance this could make it in to the up coming iPhone upgrades ?

    • 5723alex .


  • So far, iPhone 8 is shaping up to be the Jesus phone we’ve all been waiting for our entire lives.

    • TechnoBuff

      LOL Jesus phone indeed

    • Bill

      Maybe to those of you born after the iPhone was already a thing. Sheesh… pretty soon, you damn kids will be online before your mothers even drop you from their womb.


    My iPad Air 2 now has 4.2 but was born with 4.0 or 4.1

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  • 9to5Slavery

    What about Data stream?

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