Early in June Bluetooth 5 was advertised and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has stated that the Bluetooth 5 project has been completed and will be soon available for the enactment.
The new version has been offering double bandwidth, 8-time broadcast message capacity and 4 times range as compared to the Bluetooth 4.2.
The increase in bandwidth and range signifies that the connection with the paired devices won’t be affected if you are 5 feets ahead.
The SIG claims that the users will be able to get whole home coverage and even having less interference with similar wireless technologies. The increase in message capacity will allow you to transmit more data.
The SIG’s executive director Mark Powell explained that how Bluetooth 5 can benefit the IoT market:
Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.
This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity.
Bluetooth 5 is offering a solid enhancement to the transmission and data coverage. However, there is no diversification in the sound quality for audio playback over Bluetooth 4.2.
When will Bluetooth 5 arrive? Devices with it as standard are expected to be here starting early 2017, but we’re warned the wait could be up to six months from now. Bluetooth 5 doesn’t replace Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, or 4.0, and simply adds functionality to the core Bluetooth technology, and is backward compatible.