In addition to the impressive features announced at the unveiling of the third generation iPad, The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) informs us in a press release that the new iPad is the first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet currently on the market.
The new Bluetooth standard requires low power, more precisely a keyboard that is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled won't need a charge of batteries for the entire iPad lifespan.
In addition, fitness oriented accessories, such as heart rate monitors, or various sensors around the smart house will be able to transmit real time data to the new iPad.
The integration of the latest Bluetooth standard opens a wide range of possibilities for app developers and for accessory makers.
For now, the most popular devices with support for Bluetooth 4.0 are the iPhone 4S and the Motorola Droid Razr. Upcoming high-end tablets and PCs running on Windows 8 are expected to push the new standard, into the mainstream.
With the support of the highly anticipated iPad, Bluetooth hopes that accessory makers and developers will become more interested in the new technology.
"The new iPad is the first of its kind, showing Apple really understands how their products are better with Bluetooth technology, and the value of the Bluetooth ecosystem - to the developer community, to the manufacturer, and to the ultimate benefactor - the consumer," points out with optimism Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG.