The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the next version of the wireless standard is coming soon and will represent a major improvement over the current version. Bluetooth 5 will be capable of supporting speeds twice the current standard and a range that is four times what is currently available.
One of the benefits the change in range will help support is better implementation of “connectionless” devices and services. Besides the ability to cover a larger area for things like beacons used in retail stores, the new standard will add functionality to provide information like locations and navigation. This additional capacity for advertising transmissions will help propel greater adoption according to the Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell also noted that the group is changing their marketing of Bluetooth with this next version. Notably, the SIG is dropping the version and point number in order to streamline the marketing message in hopes of making it more effective.
The official announcement and details regarding Bluetooth 5 are expected to be announced in London on June 16th during a media event being held by the Bluetooth SIG.
source: Bluetooth SIG