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March 08, 2012

Apple's New iPad is World's First Bluetooth Smart Ready Tablet

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor

Apple (News - Alert), Inc., unveiled yesterday its new iPad, the third generation of its mobile device, and the world's first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet. The Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet incorporates Bluetooth v4.0 and low-energy technology and gives anyBluetooth device the ability to connect, share and distribute information in real-time.

Every second, there are over 60 Bluetooth-enabled devices commercialized worldwide including Classic Bluetooth technology, and now Bluetooth Smart devices joins the seven billion Bluetooth-enabled devices already in market. This massive ecosystem is expected to expand within the next two years.

As a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub, the new iPad is ready to connect to both Classic Bluetooth technology and new Bluetooth Smart devices. The new iPad joins the iPhone 4S and the Motorola (News - Alert) Droid Razr as some of the first Bluetooth Smart Ready devices that are available to connect to the increasingly diverse and massive number of Bluetooth enabled devices.

Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling simple connectivity for a range of electronic devices. Version 4.0 creates new application opportunities for products within the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & wellness, sports & fitness and smart home industries.  The new iPad is enhanced with Bluetooth technology to work efficiently for manufacturers, app developers as well as consumers.

"The new iPad is the first of its kind, showing Apple really understands how their products are better with Bluetooth technology, and the value of the Bluetooth ecosystem - to the developer community, to the manufacturer, and to the ultimate benefactor - the consumer," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG, in a press release. "We've seen a steady stream of Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices since the beginning of the year and expect today's news to propel that wave even higher."

For app developers, the new iPad is able to turn data coming securely from Bluetooth peripherals into information for consumers via apps. OEMs as well as third-party app developers can distribute their apps through the App Store and allow them to easily connect to any Bluetooth Smart device they like.

The consumer now has the opportunity to connect their Bluetooth devices to the new iPad. Not only will a consumer be able to buy a Bluetooth Smart keyboard that won't require a change of batteries for the life of their new iPad, but they can also track the data that might be securely coming off of their many Bluetooth Smart devices through apps.

For instance, users who exercise can track and record their workout analytics (heart rate, distance, speed, elevation, etc.) on an app that talks to their Bluetooth enabled heart rate monitor. Diabetics can track their blood sugar levels from their Bluetooth enabled glucose meter through an app on their new iPad. They can even show a chart of their blood sugar levels over the past six months on their new iPad (in full HD) when the doctor asks how their readings have been since the last check-up. Consumers can also use their new iPad as a remote control to their Bluetooth enabled home audio system, TV or thermostat.

More devices that support the new specification are expected to arrive later this year.

Edited by Tammy Wolf
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