I know the make and model of my MacBook Pro. I want to know if there is any direct way to know if Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) is supported on that model or not.

Model identifier - MacBookPro9,1 Model number - MD103xx/A. Make - 2012

How can I tell if BTLE is supported on this MAC.

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MacTracker provides detailed information for every mac ever made


If your mac has bluetooth 4.0, it supports Bluetooth Low Energy.

Here is a screenshot from Mactracker

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For reference, Bluetooth 4.0 became standard on Mac Computers in mid 2011


system_profiler also returns a plethora of information about the hardware. Run the following from the command line.

system_profiler | grep -m1 -i 'Bluetooth -- LE'

A Mac with BtLE will return the following

2014-01-15 22:26:46 -0700 kernel[0]: Bluetooth -- LE is supported - Disable LE meta event 

A Mac without BtLE will return nothing.


My answer is correct for using a GUI to find this information, MrWonderful's answer is better if you want to do this from the command line.

  • Is there a way to get the info from the device itself via the command line?
    – ernie
    Jan 16, 2014 at 17:58
  • Answer updated.
    – spuder
    Jan 16, 2014 at 18:08
  • Actually, I don't believe your command line method works for all cases. I ran it on both my mac mini (Macmini6,1) and my MBPro (10,1) and neither of them have that line in the results. Checking the Link Manager Protocol version is (the/an) accurate way to get the desired information. See my answer below, modified from the linked post. Jan 17, 2014 at 20:39

If you'd prefer a response regardless, try this:

(system_profiler -detailLevel full SPBluetoothDataType | grep "LMP Version")2>/dev/null

If it shows a version of '0x6' or greater, BT 4.0 is supported.

There is another similar post here.

  • So what does it mean if using system_profiler we grep for Bluetooth LE and get no response but with your answer we get LMP version 0x7? I'd assume if supported we should get a response with the other query method but why would it not then?
    – David
    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:41

Go to the "About this Mac", click on "System Report", look for "Bluetooth" under the hardware section and click on it. There is a line telling if BLE is supported or not.

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