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 Peter Cooney, practice director semiconductors at industry watcher ABI Research, Inc. So why is the new iPad better with Bluetooth technology?
For app developers:
“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. “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.”