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The New iPad First Bluetooth Smart Ready Tablet

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:07 PM


The new iPad, unveiled today by Apple, Inc. [NASDAQ: AAPL], is the world's first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet, incorporating Bluetooth v4.0 and its hallmark feature low energy technology. As a Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet, the new iPad gives any Bluetooth device, from a static data-collecting sensor to a laptop or mobile phone like the iPhone 4S, the ability to connect, share and distribute information in real-time. No other wireless technology is able to provide the limited energy consumption, usability, functionality and install base that Bluetooth v4.0 brings to the market.

The fact that Apple's new iPad is a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub is big news for the broad CE ecosystem – accessory manufacturers, app developers, and most importantly, consumers. Every second, there are over 60 Bluetooth enabled devices commercialized worldwide – Classic Bluetooth technology and now Bluetooth Smart devices joining the 7 billion Bluetooth enabled devices already in market. This massive ecosystem is expected to expand remarkably within the next two years: 2B Bluetooth enabled devices will ship in 2012 and 3B are expected to ship in 2014, according to Peter Cooney, practice director, semiconductors at industry watcher ABI Research, Inc. So why is the new iPad better with Bluetooth technology?

For manufacturers:

  • As a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub, the new iPad is ready to connect to the expanding universe of Bluetooth devices, both Classic Bluetooth technology (think existing mice, keyboards, and speakers,) and new Bluetooth Smart devices (fitness sensors like the Polar H7 or Wahoo Blue Heart Rate Monitors, Casio G-Shock GB-6900 Smart Watch, etc.).
  • The new iPad joins the iPhone 4S and the Motorola Droid Razr as some of the first Bluetooth Smart Ready devices that are already available to connect to the increasingly diverse and massive number of Bluetooth enabled devices. The release of Windows 8 PCs and tablets will further propel the millions of Bluetooth Smart Ready hubs that will ship this year.

For app developers:

  • As a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub, the new iPad (like the iPhone 4S) enables app developers to turn data coming securely from Bluetooth peripherals into compelling information for consumers via apps.

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