Apple Pushing Out New Low Power Bluetooth 4.0

December 13, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple is bringing aboard the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard. This is intended for the iPhone, iPad and iPod accessory developers using which they will be able to transmit data between Apple’s mobile devices.

Bluetooth 4.0 needs only low-power and its low-latency capabilities might help developers to stream audio to mobile speakers through AirPlay without the support of a WiFi in the vicinity. This is much-needed software, because even though there are a number of iOS devices in the market, very few of them support AirPlay.

The latest Bluetooth standard allows for faster pairing and in the case of portable, battery powered speakers, the low latency and low power operation works well with AirPlay. Apple is expected to pack it with a revised Apple TV, in order to enhance the video streaming and enabling an iOS device to work as a game controller.

The Cupertino-based company is now in the process of making an advanced version of the chip integrated in iOS-device compatible products. This is expected to allow accessories to connect through Bluetooth 4.0.

During a conference in Shenzhen,China, the company outlined its plans to the members of Apple’s MFi Program. MFi, what Apple says, is short for “Made for iPhone”, “Made for iPad” or “Made for iPod”.

This label is specifically designed for officially licensed iOS device accessory makers. The recently delivered MacBook Air and Mac mini updates were equipped with the Bluetooth 4.0 software.

Even the iPhone 4S was released with support to the software, and it looks like upcoming Apple products will be having Bluetooth 4.0 support as well.

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