Bluetooth 3.0 officially unveiled

Bluetooth 3.0 standard has officially been released of the  has now occurred and more information, in addition to the pre-release technical news, about the new standard has been revealed. Firstly, the new standard has an official name, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS (High Speed), featuring the previously reported Wi-Fi standard, 802.11 (known now as 802.11 PAL or Protocol Adaptation Layer), for fast transfers.


The launch nailed a few speeds. The first Bluetooth standard had a transfer rate of 771 Kbps while Bluetooth 2.0 could reach 2.1 Mbps. Bluetooth 3.0 is capable of reaching 24Mbps.


Upgrading to Bluetooth 3.0 will be patchy, however. Reports say that the upcoming iPhone version 3 software will not support it, for example, and many other mobile devices will not be upgradable either. There is already talk of plug-in dongles being made available for sale that will allow your current mobile to support the new Bluetooth standard. We await more news on that rumour, however.


According to the Engadget website, some computers will be able to upgrade as long as they already have Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi. Expect the new standard to appear in camcorders, cameras, televisions, projectors and external hard drives soon.


Click to read the Engadget story and see the support video

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