Apple adds Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2

“Changes to Apple’s published tech specs for various products are rare, but when they happen, they’re typically interesting — and under-the-radar,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for 9to5Mac.

“At some point following the September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, Apple quietly modified the tech specs and comparison pages for 2014’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 to bump them all from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2, the latest version of the increasingly popular wireless standard,” Horwitz reports. “While the sixth-generation iPod touch shipped with Bluetooth 4.1, the original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPhone 5s all remain on Bluetooth 4.0.”

“Bluetooth 4.2 notably promises up to 2.5x faster speeds and up to 10x greater data capacity over its predecessor, as well as improving privacy, security, and power efficiency,” Horwitz reports. “Apple is expected to release a new keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 featuring Bluetooth 4.2 technology.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Laying the foundation for some Magical peripheral releases.

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    1. It was probably there the whole time and they kept it quiet not to tip off the new hardware peripherals. I assume it would require a new chip and a firmware or software update.

    1. They probably just updated the chip in the newly produced iPhone 6 models. Apple continues to manufacture older model iPhones for a few years to sell them as entry level devices, and as replacements under AppleCare.

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