The Bluetooth standard is constantly evolving, and the next version will launch next week with a massive boost in capabilities.
Bluetooth 5 is the name of the next major version (they seem to have dropped the '.0'), as announced by Bluetooth SIG CEO Mark Powell. It will received a full unveiling on June 16 in London.
The new local connection standard promises to be a considerable leap over Bluetooth 4.X, offering quadruple the range and double the speed. In addition, Powell reveals that "Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation."
With its additional capacity, Powell expects Bluetooth 5 will "propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services" around the world.
Expect indoor navigation to get a lot better with Bluetooth 5 equipment. This added range and capacity should also prove helpful with the emerging Internet of Things.
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Bluetooth 4.0 was officially rolled out in 2011. Just to give a further indication of its age, the first phone to sport Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility was the iPhone 4S later that year.
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There have been two subsequent revisions of the standard, but this is essentially the first major update to the Bluetooth standard in five years.