Apple has been named a promoter member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The Cupertino firm joins existing members Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, and Toshiba. The move will give the company more influence over Bluetooth technology, as it includes voting rights on Bluetooth SIG corporate matters, and also gives the iOS device maker a guaranteed seat on the SIG Board of Directors.
From the Press Release:
“Apple has long been a key participant in the Bluetooth ecosystem,” said Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors. “Since 2011, the company has provided guidance and knowledge to the Bluetooth SIG through its participation as an Associate Board Member. We’re excited to welcome Apple to its new role in the organization and on the SIG board.”
Apple uses Bluetooth in a number of products and services ranging from Mac, iPhone and iPad to AirDrop, Continuity and Handoff. Being named a promoter member means Apple will have more influence over the technological roadmap for Bluetooth.
Current Bluetooth Special Interest Group promoter members Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba “unanimously welcomed” Apple to its new position.
Backed by industry leading companies, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group provides member companies the ability to collaborate, innovate and guide the direction of Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information, please visit www.bluetooth.com.