Deprecated Specifications

Deprecating specifications is the reduction of a specification's use due to redundancy or obsolescence. Once approved, specification deprecation begins with the Deprecation Notice Period.​

Specifications may eventually reach their end-of-life. When this occurs, a specification may either be deprecated or withdrawn. A specification deprecation recommendation can be submitted to the Bluetooth® Architectural Review Board (BARB) at any time. BARB will address all deprecation recommendations at least annually. After Working Group review, the BARB may accept or reject the deprecation recommendation and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors

Upon Board of Director approval to deprecate a specification, the deprecation notice period begins with notification to all Members that the specification has been deprecated. Specifications deprecated by the Bluetooth SIG results in the end of maintenance of the specification and all of the following occur:

  • All outstanding errata written against the deprecated specification will be reviewed for their applicability to other specifications and may be rejected in the errata system and rewritten against any applicable specification(s).
  • New errata submitted against a deprecated specification will be rejected.
  • Subsequent ESRs will not contain errata applied to deprecated specifications or any associated test documents (this includes removing any errata currently approved for inclusion in a pending ESR).
  • The deprecated specification will not be included in any future specification releases.
  • Errata will be created to update any references to deprecated specifications, in other specifications
  • The TCRL will be updated to indicate the deprecation of the specification.
  • If there is any special branding connected with the deprecated specification, it will be reviewed and either updated to reflect the profile deprecation or removed.
  • The deprecated specification, ICS, Test Specification, and related TCRL will be moved to an alternative location on the Bluetooth SIG Member web site for deprecated specifications.
  • The Bluetooth SIG member web site will provide guidance regarding which specification(s) should be used instead of the deprecated specification(s).

The Bluetooth SIG may also withdraw specifications. These specifications are deemed to have significant interoperability issues so severe to warrant preventing any new products implementing these specifications to continue being produced in the market. As a result, new products will not be permitted to be qualified using the withdrawn specification. Please refer to the Qualification Program Reference Guide (PRD) for more information. For more information on deprecation policies, please refer the Specification Management Process Document.

DEPRECATED SPECIFICATIONS

  Scope of Deprecation Date of Deprecation Notice Deprecation Notice Period Date Deprecation Notice Period Ends Recommended Alternative Specification
3DSP ​3D Synchronization Profile ​v1.0 ​29-Oct-13 ​6 months ​29-Apr-14 ​3DSP v1.0.1
AVCTP A/V Control Transport Protocol v1.3 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 AVCTP v1.4
AVRCP A/V Remote Control Profile v1.4 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 AVRCP v1.6
BIP Basic Imaging Profile v1.1 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 BIP v1.2
FTP File Transfer Profile v1.2 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 FTP v1.3
GOEP Generic Object Exchange Profile v2.0 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 GOEP v2.1
HDP Health Device Profile v1.0 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 HDP v1.1
MAP ​Message Access Profile ​v1.0 23-Jul-13 ​24 months ​23-Jul-15 ​MAP v1.1
PBAP ​Phone Book Access Profile ​v1.0 / v1.1 ​04-Dec-13 ​24 months ​04-Dec-15 ​PPAP v1.1.1 / v1.2
SDAP ​Service Discovery Application Profile ​v1.1 ​04-Sep-13 ​12 months ​04-Sep-14 ​Discovery White Paper
SPP Serial Port Profile v1.1 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 SPP v1.2
SYNCH Synchronization Profile v1.1 01-Aug-12 12 months 01-Aug-13 SYNCH v1.2
Bluetooth Core Specification v2.0 + EDR Entire Specification 13-Nov-12 24 months 13-Nov-14 ​Bluetooth Core Specification v4.2

WITHDRAWN SPECIFICATIONS

(On, or after, 03 December 2013)
  Scope of Withdrawal Date of Withdrawal Recommended Alternative Specification
Core Specification Supplement v3 (CSS v3) Entire Specification 03-Dec-13 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v6 (CSS v6) or later
Core Specification Supplement v4 (CSS v4) Entire Specification 02-Dec-14 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v6 (CSS v6) or later
Core Specification Supplement v5 (CSS v5) ​Entire Specification ​14-Jul-15 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v6 (CSS v6) or later
Core Specification Supplement v6 (CSS v6)
  Entire Specification 06-Dec-16 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v7 (CSS v7) or later

WITHDRAWN SPECIFICATIONS

(Prior to 03 December 2013)
  Scope of Withdrawal Date of Withdrawal Recommended Alternative Specification
3WIRE HCI 3-Wire UART Transport v0.95 11-Sept-08 3WIRE v1.2
A2DP Advanced Audio Distribution Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 A2DP v1.2
AVCTP A/V Control Transport Protocol v0.95 9-Feb-06 AVCTP v1.3
AVDTP A/V Distribution Transport Protocol v0.95 9-Feb-06 AVDTP v1.2
AVRCP A/V Remote Control Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 AVRCP v1.4
BIP Basic Imaging Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 BIP v1.0
BNEP Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol v0.95 9-Feb-06 BNEP v1.0
BPP Basic Printing Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 BPP v1.2
CIP Common ISDN Access Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06  
CIP Common ISDN Access Profile v1.0 12-April-07  
CTP Cordless Telephony Profile  v1.1 10-June-10  
DIS Device Information Service v1.0 29-Nov-11 DIS v1.1
ESDP Extended Service Discovery Profile for UPnP v0.95 13-Jul-06  
FAX Fax Profile  v1.1 10-June-10  
GAVDP Generic A/V Distribution Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 GAVDP v1.2
HCRP Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 HCRP v1.2
HFP Hands-Free Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 HFP 1.5
HFP Hands-Free Profile v1.0 14-Mar-06 HFP 1.5
HID Human Interface Device Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 HID v1.1.1
ICP Intercom Profile  v1.1 10-June-10  
LAP LAN Access Profile v1.0 3-Jun-03 PAN v1.0
PAN Personal Area Networking Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 PAN v1.0
SAP SIM Access Profile v0.95 9-Feb-06 SAP v1.1
SD HCI Secure Digital Transport v1.0 11-Sept-08 SD v1.2
TCP Telephony Control Protocol v1.1 10-June-10  
UART HCI UART Transport v1.1 11-Sept-08 UART v1.2
USB HCI USB Transport v1.1 11-Sept-08 USB v1.2
WAPB WAP Bearer v1.1 13-Jul-06  
Bluetooth Specification v1.0B Entire Specification 17-Jan-06 Bluetooth Core Specification v4.2
Bluetooth Core Specification v1.1 Core Specification Parts 9-Feb-06 Bluetooth Core Specification v4.2
Bluetooth Core Specification v1.2 Entire Specification 27-Jan-09 Bluetooth Core Specification v4.2
Core Specification Supplement v1 (CSS v1) Entire Specification 12-Feb-13 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v5 (CSS v5) or later
Core Specification Supplement v2 (CSS v2) Entire Specification 12-Feb-13 Bluetooth Core Specification Supplement v5 (CSS v5) or later