Will Apple Implement Bluetooth 4.0 Into the iPhone 5?

The big news on Wednesday was Apple’s official release of OS X Lion to the world. On that same day, the MacBook Air and Mac mini were given a refresh to include newer Intel Core i5/i7 chips and Thunderbolt.

What might have been overlooked by some was the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0, allowing this new technology to make into the mass market. Only three devices with Bluetooth 4.0 have made it to the market so far: the new MacBook Air, Mac mini, a heart-rate chest strap from Dayton.

ITProPortal brought up an interesting point about Bluetooth 4.0 and its possible inclusion in Apple’s next generation iPhone 5, as an alternative to NFC, something their competition has widely adopted and embraced. Previous rumours mentioned no NFC in the next iPhone 5, but possibly in the iPhone 6.

Apple joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) back in late June of 2011 to serve on the board. Since their membership, we’ve seen Apple fast track Bluetooth 4.0 into their refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini line up. The latest Bluetooth 4.0 has a better wireless range, and also has shown improvements in power consumption via their core feature, “Bluetooth Low Energy“. Other enhancements include the ability to toggle modes between classic and regular for consumption of data.

As for Bluetooth 4.0 making it on the iPhone 5? Maybe, if we take a look back at Apple’s history. They have been pioneers in the past when it comes to certain technology (think: Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt), and it appears Bluetooth 4.0 might follow suit within the next generation iPhone 5, and every other Apple product soon after.

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  • Rioch Dlyma

    So is Bluetooth 4.0 Capable of handling Transaction and stuff?

  • Rioch Dlyma

    So is Bluetooth 4.0 Capable of handling Transaction and stuff?

  • Rioch Dlyma

    So is Bluetooth 4.0 Capable of handling Transaction and stuff?

  • Anonymous

    I’m asking myself the same thing… Can it be an alternative to NFC for mobile payments and others transactions?!

  • Anonymous

    I’m asking myself the same thing… Can it be an alternative to NFC for mobile payments and others transactions?!

  • Anonymous

    I’m asking myself the same thing… Can it be an alternative to NFC for mobile payments and others transactions?!

  • Don

    What is the big deal being able to pay for something with your iPhone? Why is it so hard to swipe your credit/debit card or pay cash? I have a MasterCard with paypass so I don’t have to sign when I buy stuff, which makes the process, Get something like that, people want there phones to do too much now adays. God forbid if your phone were to crash or fall to the floor before your purchase.

  • Don

    What is the big deal being able to pay for something with your iPhone? Why is it so hard to swipe your credit/debit card or pay cash? I have a MasterCard with paypass so I don’t have to sign when I buy stuff, which makes the process, Get something like that, people want there phones to do too much now adays. God forbid if your phone were to crash or fall to the floor before your purchase.

  • Rioch Dlyma

    That is the Future and is a huge convenience. I currently carry 10 Cards in my wallet not including License and health card. I also have an extra card wallet in my bag wherever i go.
    These include Visa, Mastercard, Airmiles, and other points/payment cards. Instead of carrying all that around, it would be so much simpler and easier for me if it was on my phone.

    Yeah there is the possibility for my phone to stop working, but there is also a possibility of my wallet getting lost. In the end it is all about convenience and one less thing to worry about.

  • Rioch Dlyma

    That is the Future and is a huge convenience. I currently carry 10 Cards in my wallet not including License and health card. I also have an extra card wallet in my bag wherever i go.
    These include Visa, Mastercard, Airmiles, and other points/payment cards. Instead of carrying all that around, it would be so much simpler and easier for me if it was on my phone.

    Yeah there is the possibility for my phone to stop working, but there is also a possibility of my wallet getting lost. In the end it is all about convenience and one less thing to worry about.

  • Rioch Dlyma

    That is the Future and is a huge convenience. I currently carry 10 Cards in my wallet not including License and health card. I also have an extra card wallet in my bag wherever i go.
    These include Visa, Mastercard, Airmiles, and other points/payment cards. Instead of carrying all that around, it would be so much simpler and easier for me if it was on my phone.

    Yeah there is the possibility for my phone to stop working, but there is also a possibility of my wallet getting lost. In the end it is all about convenience and one less thing to worry about.

  • Rioch Dlyma

    That is the Future and is a huge convenience. I currently carry 10 Cards in my wallet not including License and health card. I also have an extra card wallet in my bag wherever i go.
    These include Visa, Mastercard, Airmiles, and other points/payment cards. Instead of carrying all that around, it would be so much simpler and easier for me if it was on my phone.

    Yeah there is the possibility for my phone to stop working, but there is also a possibility of my wallet getting lost. In the end it is all about convenience and one less thing to worry about.

  • Rioch Dlyma

    That is the Future and is a huge convenience. I currently carry 10 Cards in my wallet not including License and health card. I also have an extra card wallet in my bag wherever i go.
    These include Visa, Mastercard, Airmiles, and other points/payment cards. Instead of carrying all that around, it would be so much simpler and easier for me if it was on my phone.

    Yeah there is the possibility for my phone to stop working, but there is also a possibility of my wallet getting lost. In the end it is all about convenience and one less thing to worry about.

  • MrAnonymous

    Until scammers find a way grab CC info off your phone.  New technology is often vulnerable.

  • MrAnonymous

    Until scammers find a way grab CC info off your phone.  New technology is often vulnerable.

  • MrAnonymous

    Until scammers find a way grab CC info off your phone.  New technology is often vulnerable.

  • Poor Boi

    let me send a picture or a movie or something, that’s all I ask apple!

  • Poor Boi

    let me send a picture or a movie or something, that’s all I ask apple!

  • RIo

    I am sorry but what is stopping someone from picking my pocket?

    With the iPhone, it is possible to wipe out the phone in a matter of mins where as with a wallet you have to call each and every card company to cancel it.

  • RIo

    I am sorry but what is stopping someone from picking my pocket?

    With the iPhone, it is possible to wipe out the phone in a matter of mins where as with a wallet you have to call each and every card company to cancel it.

  • RIo

    I am sorry but what is stopping someone from picking my pocket?

    With the iPhone, it is possible to wipe out the phone in a matter of mins where as with a wallet you have to call each and every card company to cancel it.

  • RIo

    I am sorry but what is stopping someone from picking my pocket?

    With the iPhone, it is possible to wipe out the phone in a matter of mins where as with a wallet you have to call each and every card company to cancel it.