iPhone 4S – World’s First Phone To Support Bluetooth 4.0


iPhone 4S

Couple of days before Apple’s Let’s Talk iPhone event, we speculated that the next generation iPhone could come with Bluetooth 4.0 support rather than NFC.

Guess What? iPhone 4S does come with Blueetooth 4.0 support, making it the world’s first phone to support Bluetooth 4.0. It was strangely one of the features that Apple didn’t highlight at the event.

Bluetooth SIG reports:

The new iPhone 4S may look like the iPhone 4, but it has many important differences inside. One big addition is the use of Bluetooth v4.0. This will allow the new iPhone to wirelessly connect to the next generation of devices coming out later this year with Bluetooth v4.0

Back in July, Rounak wrote:

New standards, however good they might be, need a major player to back them for mass adoption. Believe it or not during the media format war between VHS and BetaMax, VHS survived only because of porn industry’s backing. Similarly, Apple’s backing can play a huge role in the survival or death of a certain standard.

There has been a lot of speculation over the next generation iPhone and whether it will have NFC. Considering Apple’s decision to include less-than-a-year old Bluetooth 4.0 in the newly launched Mac Mini and Macbook Air, it seems that there are some chances of the next iPhone getting Bluetooth 4.0 than NFC. The reason Apple might go only with one of these technologies is space. If Apple wants to add NFC support in the new iPhone, then it would mean two chips, one chip for Bluetooth (like in the current iPhone) and another for NFC and knowing Apple’s obsession for slim devices, it can’t be ruled out.

Apple doesn’t just adopt a standard to include a check mark in comparison lists with other products, it does so to actually provide functionality to its users. Currently, the iPhone and other Apple products support Bluetooth 2.1, a four year old standard. The merits of Bluetooth 4.0 include low energy consumption, larger area of coverage and better encryption. Although NFC has been adopted by big companies like Google, Samsung and Nokia, barring Google Wallet we haven’t seen any useful application of NFC, at least in the US.

It looks like he was spot on and Apple may have skipped NFC in favor of BlueTooth 4.0. But we’re curious to know why Apple didn’t come out and say “iPhone 4S is the world’s first phone to support Bluetooth 4.0”.

Any guesses?

[via Bluetooth SIG]

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