New MacBook Airs, Mac Minis Feature Bluetooth 4.0 Support

Posted in Apple News, Mac on 20/07/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple’s newly released MacBook Airs and Mac Minis released earlier today are the first hardware from Apple to support the bluetooth wireless standard, which features improved range and power consumption over previous Bluetooth standards.

While Bluetooth 4.0 was officially announced last June, the industry has been anything but swift to adopt the new specification. Apple’s newly released Mac Minis and MacBook Airs, however, do support the new specification, jumping straight from Bluetooth 2.1 to 4.0, skipping the bluetooth 3.0 spec entirely.

This push to employ new bluetooth standards is possibly due to Apple’s new position on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group board of directors, and will likely result in 3rd party bluetooth accessories that support the new standard becoming available in the near future.

Bluetooth 4.0 is much more refined than its predecessors, and includes “Classic Bluetooth,” “Bluetooth High Speed,” and “Bluetooth Low Energy” protocols. The high-speed mode is based on Wi-Fi, while the classic mode supports legacy protocols and the Bluetooth Low Energy mode is aimed at low-power applications.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.