Amid the various upgrades announced for Apple’s new iPad was a hot new wireless technology. You might think I’m referring to the tablet’s 4G LTE mobile broadband support, but I’m not. I’m talking about the far less sexy, but no less important, inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0, making iPad the first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet.
Prior iPads and nearly all other tablets on the market today, save the Kindle Fire, offer Bluetooth support, but those have used the older Bluetooth 3.0 specification. The newer Bluetooth 4.0 technology brings improved power efficiency as well as expanded functionality; particularly when it comes to health-related gadgets and apps.
Perhaps that’s not a big deal for something used a few times per week, but consider its importance with other computing accessories. The Bluetooth SIG says it best: “Not only will a consumer be able to buy an ultra-efficient Bluetooth Smart keyboard that won’t require a change of batteries for the life of their new iPad, they can also track the data that might be securely coming off of their many Bluetooth Smart devices through apps on their new iPad.”
Diabetics can seamlessly and securely track their blood sugar levels from their Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter through an app on their new iPad. At their next visit, they can simply 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.
When it comes to wireless capabilities on the new iPad, most will fixate on the fast mobile broadband speeds enabled by the 4G LTE support. But don’t count out Bluetooth 4.0 as a hot technology in the iPad. As more Bluetooth Smart gadgets hit the market, the new iPad is already prepared to take advantage of them.