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# 214468 13-May-2017 09:48
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My old man has a iPhone 5s and BT's his hearing aids to it, at times the audio is extremely poor but by switching to the phones loud speaker or back to the phone instantly rectifies the issue.

Reading up on this I found that BT 4.0 and LTE do not play nicely with each other, and that BT 4.2 is different and fixes the problems.

Looking at the specs of the iPhone 5s,6(s) and 7 models it show the first two have BT 4.0 were the 7 has 4.2, speaking with apple support they tell me that by updating the 5s and 6 models to IOS 10 will upgrade the BT to BT 4.2 thus fixing the poor audio issue experienced with the hearing aids.

My question, is this a true statement or am I been given incorrect information?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1780525 13-May-2017 10:19
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Further reading, apple may be half right in that the latest update provides the BT 4.2 features but to fully take advantage of the features the hardware must also be the newer 4.2 compliment chip.

Please help as I do no not want to tell the old man to go out and spend $1200 if he doesn't have to.

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  # 1781543 13-May-2017 11:13
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Does he use the data side of things much? Could always just turn off 4G and use 3G.


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  # 1781585 13-May-2017 11:51
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He would prefer not to go back to 3G.

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  # 1781650 13-May-2017 14:29
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Maybe the best is try borrow someones iphone 7 and try it out. 





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  # 1781665 13-May-2017 14:53
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johny99: He would prefer not to go back to 3G.


4G is only used for data, voice is over 3G so unless he's requiring higher speed data than 3G he won't notice any difference.

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  # 1781716 13-May-2017 17:36
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Is he already on IOS10?

*edit- looks like the iPhone 6 might also be sufficient if he has to upgrade but not spend as much doing so:


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  # 1781853 14-May-2017 10:34
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Moved to LAN sub-forum at the request of the OP.

Keep calm, and carry on posting.




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