Did you know: Apple has added Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2


At a certain point after it unveiled the brand new iPhone 6s family, Apple has quietly added support for Bluetooth 4.2 to its year-old iPhone 6 series and the iPad Air 2. Back in 2014 when they launched, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featured Bluetooth 4.0, while now it seems that Apple has equipped the phones with either the hardware to support the latest Bluetooth 4.2 standard, or has pushed a firmware to make the improvements possible. Naturally, the iPhone 6s family also comes with the same Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

So what is the benefit of having this latest version of the Bluetooth spec? It's mostly about speed: 4.2 brings a 2.5-fold increase in speeds and a 10-fold increase in data capacity. It also improves on its privacy, security and power efficiency aspects.

All of this coincides with the expected upcoming launch of a new, Bluetooth 4.2-enabled Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

At the same time, the original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPhone 5s all remain on Bluetooth 4.0.

source: 9to5Mac

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39 Comments

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

note5, nexus5X and other flagship also have BT4.2, but nobody care unless its on iPhone right

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

He said ADD not have. Read before pissing your opinion.

5. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

So people on welfare is the elite class people?

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

By adding 4.2 to older phones you cant increase speed and packet capacity without updating the hardware.

21. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

By not adding speed and packet capacity, you couldn't specify it as bluetooth 4.2. And Apple did it.

28. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/12/new-bluetooth-4-2-spec-brings-ipv6-better-privacy-and-increased-speed/ You need to update hardware to get increased speeds and packet capacity. Clearly thats not what Apple did. They only updated privacy.

34. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Hiw do you know that ? I only know that Apple likes to make surprises

36. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its says in the link. Bluetooth SIG said: "The increased speed and packet size features will require a hardware update."

10. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

well, it seems you have been just reading the apple published specs, not actually tried one?? DO tell me you have a review soon??? And will it eventually have **out of the box** bluetooth file transfer????

87. jsdechavez

Posts: 784; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Out of the box transfers? Prolly not. Never.

90. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

I am not sure you understand... If my 'has not a clue' friend got a brand new Iphone, will he ever be able to recieve a load of pics by bluetooth?? everyone else has been doing it for about 15 YEARS!! YES, EVEN APPLE computers!!! (story from 2002!!!)http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20020427102912234

13. gaming64 unregistered

I'm back and this website is still iWhacked when I left.

14. AceNJ

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

This is a bit confusing. So did Apple change the hardware it's shipping with new iPhone 6 orders or are the benefits of BT4.2 available to those who purchased iPhone 6 last year? How to confirm?

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's what I was wondering. A hardware update for Bluetooth isn't something that they can just add in on your next visit, so either newer shipped models have it, and those that bought it before now are SOL, or what he meant was maybe a firmware update. I would also think that would have to go through the FCC.

16. gaming64 unregistered

Uh, anyone know a decent phone news website? I'm thinking of deactivating my account now. In the last 10 months being with phoneArena, I have never believed how f*cked up it would be. I'm gonna miss this website, I truly will. Bye phoneArena P.S. Dont even dare hiding this comment.

17. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Androidautorithy, gsmarena (best but slow)

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

androidauthority androidcentral gsmarena gadgets.ndtv.com (cover lots of middle and low-end smartphone) but the one with the most crowded comment section is PA :P

30. Tizo101

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

just had a look at Androidcentral... safe to say I'm gonna be using it as an alternative for my daily fix now

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude why are you coming here to be an idiot? If you wanna leave, leave, you won't be missed. You know as well as we do, all you need to do is Google, to find other sites. You're being a silly little, weak ass attention w***e. If you're going...go. And grow the hell up.

19. willard12 unregistered

"It's mostly about speed: 4.2 brings a 2.5-fold increase in speeds and a 10-fold increase in data capacity." Just as it alludes to in the last 2 sentences of the source article, increased speed requires a hardware update. As with any update, "It doesn't appear as though older hardware will be able to take full advantage of the newer spec." http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/12/new-bluetooth-4-2-spec-brings-ipv6-better-privacy-and-increased-speed/

22. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Can we send files via bluetooth now ?

37. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

iPhones are good products with a good ecosystem of services.I am rocking an iPhone 6S Plus this time around. But the software needs to catch up with Android in terms of speed of accessibility; doing things on iOS is just slower than Android. The design might need a revision at this point as well. Apple needs to find a way to circumvent the home button to reduce the bezels a bit

38. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

New bluetooth maybe fast but can it connect to wp and android device? Cause if it's still an apple to apple connection then it's a useless bluetooth for daily use.

41. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Should I say WOWWW or something....???

46. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Perfect example of how IOS device updates actually work. Only adds something new when they need to market new accessories or products. And updates are for name and show only. The iPhone 5s and ipad Air aren't that old. With Android updates they may take longer and are decimal point updates but all devices get everything and they don't pretend every update is a full number non decimal point update like these clowns do. Wake up isheep and stupid Android fans that jump ship just for the timely fake updates.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You take this far too serious. Just use what you want, and others will do the same. You need to get laid.

54. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So what your saying is my Note 3 will get Marshmellow? Awesome.

91. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, they don't. Just like in iOS, an android device will only gey features that it's hardware is capable to handle.

60. knightkiran

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

this is the blog i was waiting for.....really apple nailed it with bluetooth 4.2..i mean that is top notch.... ;p

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow we made an article for this? The S6 Edge+/Note 5 already have it. Why we didn't have an article for Samsung saying the same? Also why does this matter? What's so important about it? Since you can't transfer any file type over Bluetooth on any iOS device it's such a moot point. It's amazing how everything on the iPhone is sensationalized for no reason whatsoever.

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