Apple Quietly Updates iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 With Bluetooth 4.2
One of the great things about Apple’s customer facing website is the length of effort and detail that is put into the product pages for individual device. Not only do the pages for the iPad Air 2, or the iPhone 6s for example, show high-resolution beautiful gallery images of the hardware, but they also go into a fair amount of detail on the included technical specifications so consumers know exactly what they are getting. It’s rare that information on this page changes, after all, a specification is a specification, but at some point in the last two weeks Apple has silent updated the Bluetooth specification against a number of iOS devices.
It’s pretty much common knowledge by now that Apple’s latest devices, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both ship with a modern Bluetooth 4.2 installation. Same goes for iPad Pro. However, last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have always shipped, to the best of our knowledge, and have always been advertised via Apple’s product pages as having Bluetooth 4.0. The same can also be said about the company’s iPad Air 2 tablet. Now, thanks to a change from an unknown date, the updated technical specification for all three devices suggests they all have Bluetooth 4.2 integrated.
At the time of writing, it’s currently unknown if Apple has upgraded the Bluetooth configuration on the aforementioned devices via a firmware upgrade, or if the change simply refers to the fact that any newly manufactured iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPad Air 2 is now built with an upgrade Bluetooth 4.2 radio. Considering that Bluetooth 4.0 devices are capable of upgrading to a later version of the wireless standard via a software patch, it’s highly likely that the change is firmware based rather than hardware.
Updated iPhone specs for Bluetooth:
Updated iPad specs for Bluetooth:
The addition of Bluetooth 4.2 to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 is actually extremely notable for those who own those devices. Bluetooth 4.2 promises to deliver 2.5x faster transfer speeds and up to 10x greater data capacity over earlier versions. There are some corners suggesting that the improved data transfer and data capacity capabilities would require a physical hardware upgrade within the device itself. Regardless of how it has been achieved, the product pages for those specific products now confirm that users will be getting Bluetooth 4.2.