The next-generation Bluetooth will operate at similar distances (around 30 feet) but will work faster with a wireless transfer rate of 480Mbps.

Gizmodo reports that a much faster version of Bluetooth may be with us as early as 2007. The next-generation Bluetooth will operate at similar distances (around 30 feet) but will work faster with a wireless transfer rate of 480Mbps. But will this evolution threaten to replace WiFi or will WiFi defeat any Bluetooth move? Gizmodo says:

The way we see it, Bluetooth is for near-distance, or personal area networking and Wireless USB has farther reach. But with the increased distance of Wireless USB, what would be the point of a shorter-distance protocol such as Bluetooth? Looks like we might have a horserace on our hands.

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