Bluetooth 4.0 and 4.1 have been widely talked about for a while now but today a new update, v4.2 has been announced via SIG – Bluetooth Specialist Interest Group. They say it will include a number of new features, as well as being faster and having a lot more privacy enhancements added in.
Image : iPhone 7 with Bluetooth 4.2
Energy Efficient :
On top of all that, the new Bluetooth 4.2 will be far more energy efficient and kinder to your device battery. We don’t know by how much but any savings is better than none and is most definitely an area that needs to be addressed with Bluetooth.
Direct and Faster Access :
One of the top new features of 4.2 would be direct internet access support, which would open it up to a whole host of new possibilities. It will be using IPv6 technology and is designed around the idea of making it the safest and best way to connect technology. This will open the way for data transfer speeds of up to 2.5 times faster than they are now, along with an increase of ten times the current packet capacity. OTA updates for Bluetooth Smart would be around 250% faster and a lot more reliable at the same time.
Better Privacy Controls to the User :
SIG says that, with iBeacons and Bluetooth beacons coverage expanding, this kind of technology will become the norm in public areas, which, in turn, creates a demand for more privacy features. The new features will let users control their devices by allowing connection permission to some devices while being able to refuse others, which means their devices could not be tracked by unknowns.
In addition to this, we have heard a rumor that Apple is planning to ditch the iPhone 5C and release a 4” iPhone 6 Mini in 2015, alongside the next generation flagship, the iPhone 7. With Bluetooth 4.2 on the way, it’s extremely likely that the new technology will be featured in next year’s offerings from the Cupertino Company.
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Source : Official Bluetooth Site