When the iPhone 5 arrives within the next couple of weeks we’ll see if Apple lives up to the recent rumors and leaked pictures pointing to the design, although some of these iPhone 5 rumors are pointing to new features and also crucial changes for the next piece of hardware.
The new iPhone 5 dock connector is pretty much a done deal, even if it is not confirmed, but other rumors such as the possibility that the 6th generation iPhone would make Bluetooth obsolete seem a little far-fetched. If you are in doubt that this is true, then you only need to look at the industry and also some of Apple’s partnerships that include Bluetooth.
Bluetooth will be on the iPhone 5 specs list – AirPlay might see major enhancements on the next iPhone, but there are too many reasons why it won’t replace Bluetooth anytime soon. First up there are millions of cars using this technology right now, our last 3 cars all connected to phones via Bluetooth, then we also have the army of accessories that use Bluetooth and it would cause major problems for some people if this changed. The new dock connector will be a big change for users and means an adapter would be needed, so removing the Bluetooth support as well would be too much change for some users.
Apple are on the board of directors for Bluetooth – We know that Apple are very unlikely to shut out Bluetooth if they also sit on the board of directors, which is exactly what they’re doing right now. Brian Tucker is a Senior Software Engineering Manger for Apple, and he’s an iOS Bluetooth expert that sits on the board of directors for Bluetooth SIG.
AirPlay Direct would be welcomed in iOS 6 and can add many benefits to the iPhone 5, especially without the need for a wireless connection, which means you’d be able to stream music to other iOS devices supporting this feature and to devices that support AirPlay Direct. This doesn’t mean Bluetooth would need to go and considering this technology will take up very little real estate on the iPhone 5, in our opinion it’s one of the features that will be staying for many years to come.
How valuable is Bluetooth to you when using a smartphone? Are there any iPhone 5 specs that must be included when we get a release date and reveal at the September 12 event? The price is also a crucial factor for some people and considering our expectations are for costs to stay the same, would you be happy with that considering new technology would also be added compared to your current iPhone?