The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has decided it's ready to have everyone use the new Bluetooth, with its Bluetooth 5 feature set now set in stone and issued to all hardware makers with an interest in having their things connect to other things.
There are two key selling points to Bluetooth 5; a range that's said to be four times that seen in the current Bluetooth 4.2 spec, plus a top data transfer speed that they promise is around twice that seen in 4.2. The SIG also says we can expect to see "improved interoperability and coexistence" across the range of devices, but then it's hardly going to come out and say it'll still be as fiddly and temperamental as ever, is it?
An uncredited member of the Bluetooth SIG said of the upgrade: "This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity." [Bluetooth 5 via 9to5 Mac]