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Apple now says the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE 2 support Bluetooth 5.3

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

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Apple’s website still lists the Series 8 and the new SE as supporting Bluetooth 5.0 in some places, but today we received confirmation from Apple that both models do indeed support at least Bluetooth 5.3 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 with the potential to improve reliability, energy efficiency and the user experience in many types of Bluetooth-enabled products,” according to LE Audio’s specification. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Apple has implemented LE Audio in its latest products.

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