When the Apple Watch Series 8 and second generation Apple Watch SE were first announced, the Apple Watch comparison page indicated that both models support Bluetooth 5.0, but now Apple says they actually support the newer Bluetooth 5.3 standard.


Apple’s website still lists the Series 8 and the new SE with Bluetooth 5.0 support in some places, but today we got confirmation from Apple that both models do support Bluetooth 5.3, at least in the United States.

All four iPhone 14 models, the second-generation AirPods Pro, and the Apple Watch Ultra also support Bluetooth 5.3, according to Apple.

Bluetooth 5.3 is said to include “several feature enhancements that can improve reliability, power efficiency, and user experience across many types of Bluetooth-enabled products” such as the LE Audio specification. However, there is no evidence that Apple has implemented LE Audio into its latest products.

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