News by Dan Seifert on Thursday March 08, 2012.
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Apple may have been focused on the new Retina Display and improved graphics of the new iPad during its announcement yesterday, but it also turns out that, like the iPhone 4S, the third-generation iPad features support for Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest generation of the wireless communication spec, and it offers very low power consumption along with real time data transfer between devices. The new iPad can act as a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub. which lets it connect to a variety of peripherals, including traditional Bluetooth devices like keyboards and mice, as well as new Bluetooth Smart devices like health monitors.
Bluetooth Smart devices feature 128-bit AES encryption, ensuring that the connection is secure in addition to being battery friendly. The Bluetooth SIG claims that new Bluetooth Smart keyboards are so power efficient, users won't have to change the batteries inside of them for the entire life of the iPad.
The new iPad joins the iPhone 4S and the Motorola RAZR as the first consumer devices to feature Bluetooth 4.0. More devices that support the new specification are expected to arrive later this year.
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