updated 07:05 am EST, Thu March 8, 2012
New iPad first with Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready
Bluetooth SIG has made it known that Apple's new iPad is the first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet on the market. The new ultra-low power Bluetooth 4.0 technology in the iPad remains backwards compatible with existing Bluetooth devices such as Apple's wireless keyboard and any Bluetooth 2.0-equipped speakers, for example. However, as a Smart Ready hub, the new iPad will be able to connect to new Bluetooth Smart devices including wireless keyboards that won't require a change of batteries for the life of the new iPad.
Bluetooth SIG also explains that with the application of the new technology, fitness buffs will be able to track and record their workout analytics (heart rate, distance, speed, elevation, etc) on an app that is talking to their Bluetooth enabled heart rate monitor. Diabetics will be able to seamlessly and securely track their blood sugar levels from their Bluetooth enabled glucose meter through an app on their new iPad. At their next visit, they will then be able to show a chart of their blood sugar levels over the past six months on their new iPad when the doctor asks how their readings have been since the last check-up.
Users can also use their new iPad as a remote control to their Bluetooth-enabled home audio system, TV or thermostat. The new iPad joins the iPhone 4S and Motorola Droid RAZR as the first Smart Ready hubs.