Bluetooth is a wireless communication technology that allows devices paired together to send and receive data between each other so far as they are within the necessary range which is usually a small distance from each other. In this write-up, we are going to talk about iPhones with Bluetooth 5.0 and 5.3 and what that means.
First, I will start with the list of Apple phones with this wireless technology and then explain how it works and the improvements this latest iteration has over its predecessor.
iPhones with Bluetooth 5.0 and 5.3
- iPhone 8: Version 5.0
- iPhone 8 Plus: Version 5.0
- iPhone X: Version 5.0
- iPhone XS: Version 5.0
- iPhone XS Max: Version 5.0
- iPhone XR: Version 5.0
- iPhone 11: Version 5.0
- iPhone 11 Pro: Version 5.0
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: Version 5.0
- iPhone SE (2020): Version 5.0
- iPhone 12 mini: Version 5.0
- iPhone 12: Version 5.0
- iPhone 12 Pro: Version 5.0
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: Version 5.0
- iPhone 13 Pro Max: Version 5.0
- iPhone 13 Pro: Version 5.0
- iPhone 13: Version 5.0
- iPhone 13 mini: Version 5.0
- iPhone SE (2022): Version 5.0
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: Version 5.3
- iPhone 14 Pro: Version 5.3
- iPhone 14 Plus: Version 5.3
- iPhone 14: Version 5.3
Bluetooth 5.0 Explained
Let’s go over the previous generation (Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2) a little bit.
One of the biggest improvements that Bluetooth 4.0 had over its predecessors was BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) which allows devices such as fitness trackers and headphones to use less power and stay connected longer.
This was possible because it has the capabilities of sensing if the connection is not in use at a particular time and then putting them to sleep which helps reduce the amount of power being used.
Bluetooth 4.1 came to solve the problem of interference between Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G connections which wasn’t at all pretty at the time.
Then came Bluetooth 4.2 which is 2.5 times faster in data transfer, you send 10 times more data, supports IPv6 allowing Bluetooth devices to connect directly to the internet starting the IoT and smart home revolution. It also becomes more secure and power-efficient.
And this led us to Bluetooth 5.0 which was announced in July 2016. Though its first implementation on a smartphone was in 2017 on Samsung S8. Later that year, Apple shipped its first device (iPhone 8 lineup) with the latest iteration.
Compared to Bluetooth 4.2, the fifth iteration of Bluetooth has three major improvements.
1.) It is 2 Times Faster: Pairing two devices is now faster and there is less delay or latency such as when streaming video or music over the internet. Also, data transfer is 2 times faster, from 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps.
2.) It is 4 Times the Range: With this latest iteration, you don’t need to be in the same room or even inside the house to maintain connections between devices.
Even with walls blocking the signals, your connection won’t cut out and that’s just superb and something most people have been looking forward to.
Without any interference, the range of Bluetooth 4.2 was about 50 meters but in real life with walls and different barriers or obstacles, it is about just 10 meters (30 feet).
However, with Bluetooth 5, the range is about 200 meters without any interference and about 40 meters (120 feet) with barriers or when you are not in a direct line of sight. That’s huge.
3.) It is 8 Times the Data Capabilities: Bluetooth is mostly used for audio right? Well, with this all-time high data throughput, you can now connect and output to more than one device at the same time.
With this, you can easily connect two speakers to your smartphone and stream the same audio to them to form a stereo sound.
Then Came Bluetooth 5.1 in 2019 and one of the major improvements that it brought was the ability to pinpoint your location and that led to the introduction of smart tags. It also comes with an improvement to Low Energy which was introduced in version 4.0.
Bluetooth 5.2 was launched in 2020. It focused on the quality of audio. It introduced Low Energy (LE) audio which allows devices to produce better and high-quality audio while using less power. The latest version is Bluetooth 5.3 and was officially announced in early 2022.
Bluetooth is backward compatible and that means you can connect a device with version 4.0 to a device with version 5.3 but the thing is you won’t get the benefits or be able to use the improvements that the latest version brought.
This is why it is advisable to always go for a device with the latest version of Bluetooth and other wireless technology.