iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus And iPad Air 2 Get Bluetooth Boost With Bluetooth 4.2


​Apple has equipped the devices it released last year, specifically the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, with Bluetooth 4.2 support.

Apple quietly modified the tech specifications and comparison pages on the three devices, suggesting it bumped the Bluetooth speed from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2.

While Apple's newest iDevices, including the iPhone 6s series, iPad Mini 4 as well as iPad Pro, already tout Bluetooth 4.2 support on their web pages, the company previously indicated the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 to contain Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

Apple has yet to confirm if the pages were accidentally changed. Also, it has yet to disclose when the company made these modifications.

However, a report says the company already did mention last month that Bluetooth 4.2 support was also enabled in older hardware when it announced the newly debuted iDevices incorporate the Bluetooth technology.

It is interesting to point out these older products retain their original model number. This suggests, according to a report, that Apple probably changed the Bluetooth stack in iOS 9. It may also imply the company built in new chips without modifying product designators.

Bluetooth 4.2 promises to provide higher efficiency,a speed boost as well as enhanced security. Specifically, Bluetooth 4.2 promises to bring up to 2.5 times faster speeds and up to 10 times greater data capacity as compared to its previous version.

The Bluetooth 4.2, per the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, is well suited for low-power connectivity solutions, particularly Internet of Things devices. It is said to use the IPv6/6LoWPAN Internet protocol.

When Apple unveiled the new iDevices on Sept. 9, Apple did not actually talk about the Bluetooth capabilities of its new flagship smartphones, perhaps because it is aware that customers may not be that interested to know the device's Bluetooth speed when purchasing. However, during the event, it mentioned the Bluetooth capabilities of its brand new Apple TV and remote.

It is worth noting that older versions — Bluetooth 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 — could not be updated with the newer ones. However, with the use of product-specific software patches, Bluetooth 4.0 devices were able to upgrade to Bluetooth 4.1.

Meanwhile, the tech giant is likewise slated to unwrap its new Magic Mouse 2, keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 which house the newest Bluetooth Technology.

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