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iYann
Apr 5, 2010, 03:02 PM
Hi all,
I've been trying to connect my Apple bluetooth headset with my iPad... no luck at all.
I followed the pairing procedure without any success...

Decided to call Apple...
After checking, and asking me how I planned on using the headsets (my answer: Skype and other things) the person confirmed to me that bluetooth headsets were NOT supported on iPads !

I love Apple, but what a shame... This is ridiculous !
Plus the user guide says bluetooth headsets ARE supported...

Looks to me like a last minute feature removed in order to accommodate the network operators... in an attempt to block VOIP use on 3G networks.



heathpitts
Apr 5, 2010, 03:05 PM
Isn't using Skype with a Bluetooth headset still unsupported on an iPhone? This was the case not long ago caused by the Bluetooth stack. I assume the iPad uses one much the same.

r6girl
Apr 5, 2010, 03:07 PM
Stereo bluetooth headsets work with the iPad while mono ones do not.

undrpsi
Apr 5, 2010, 03:08 PM
Hi all,
I've been trying to connect my Apple bluetooth headset with my iPad... no luck at all.Decided to call Apple...After checking, and asking me how I planned on using the headsets (my answer: Skype and other things) .

Apple has their own BT headphones? What's the model number...I wan't them to replace my MOTO's




Looks to me like a last minute feature removed in order to accommodate the network operators... in an attempt to block VOIP use on 3G networks.

BT Headphones with a mic dongle? What's the spec on those ?


You mean an BT earpiece? Not headphones...and Apple NEVER CLAIMED to support them...duh?

Not reading the BT spec...Epic Fail...

phillyred79
Apr 5, 2010, 03:09 PM
Mine works just fine. I use the Motorola S9. Syncs up first time all the time.. :D

iYann
Apr 5, 2010, 03:16 PM
@heathpitts:

I had never asked myself, since I didn't need a bluetooth headset for using Skype on an iPhone...
Now with 7.5 x 9.5" tablet on my hear, the question becomes of more importance...

It's true, Skype doesn't support Bluetooth headsets on iPhones. However the headsets do pair with the iPhone, unlike with the iPad...
And the wired Apple headset that shipped with my iPhones DO work with Skype on the iPad.

But why all the complication ?

I came to expect more openness from Apple...

iYann
Apr 5, 2010, 03:18 PM
You mean an BT earpiece? Not headphones...and Apple NEVER CLAIMED to support them...duh?

Not reading the BT spec...Epic Fail...

I believe I do mean bluetooth earpiece, I am talking about the "iPhone bluetooth headset" as Apple called it.

It has been discontinued a few months ago but still work great... on the iPhone

killerrobot
Apr 5, 2010, 03:20 PM
I came to expect more openness from Apple...

That's the funniest thing I've heard today.

Sorry about your luck - time to find a new BT headset.

heathpitts
Apr 5, 2010, 03:23 PM
For my use, I don't plan on using a headset with my iPad. I will hook up my s7-HD headphones for watching movies, netflix and whatever. I'm going to use the iPhone for music, Skype, phone calls, SMS, etc. That's my multitasking I guess :)

iYann
Apr 5, 2010, 03:29 PM
That's the funniest thing I've heard today.

Sorry about your luck - time to find a new BT headset.

I get your point... But you forget they're also the ones who brought us Visual Voicemail, who made the "internet in your pocket" possible, who pushed Bluetooth technology and H.264, and who brought Safari, a browser respecting open source standards when IE was making the mess we know on the net...

Anyways, better get back on the subject...

iYann
Apr 5, 2010, 03:41 PM
For my use, I don't plan on using a headset with my iPad. I will hook up my s7-HD headphones for watching movies, netflix and whatever. I'm going to use the iPhone for music, Skype, phone calls, SMS, etc. That's my multitasking I guess :)

I'm reading Motorola headsets have trouble linking controls with the iPad (next, etc)...
But I have to agree with you and am going to continue doing just the same, that is keep using my iPhone for Skype, phone & SMS, and iPad for entertainment purposes.

However not everybody can afford an iPhone and an iPad, and I still can't understand why with such great and complete hardware, we're kept from buying an iPad and a bluetooth headset, and use them as a phone or as we see fit...

undrpsi
Apr 6, 2010, 06:32 AM
Target has the Sony BT (DRBT 101) headphones on clearance. Got a set last night for $30. These are the ones with volume, track, and a mic built in. Paired them last night and work just fine (except the track control...and I haven't tried the mic in any apps). The pause and volume controls work. I can go almost 40 feet (YMMV) from the iPad and it still keeps pumping. These have a built in USB chargeable battery. Supposed to work for iPhone as a wireless phone headset...gonna try that later today.

Here's the link page on Amazon (out of stock)

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DRBT101-BLK-Bluetooth-Headset/dp/B001QXDSMW/ref=pd_cp_e_1

A little goofy looking but excellent sound and they work well.

TraceyS/FL
Apr 6, 2010, 07:03 AM
If you have never owned/used a Touch - you are going to find the implementation of BT very frustrating on the iPad.

I'm going to ASSume that the iPad operates like the Touch anyway - i haven't tried pairing my S9's to the iPad yet - the kid won't let me hold it that long.

The odds of the mic working..... about zero.

Might I suggest, apple.com/feedback ???

melman101
Apr 6, 2010, 07:13 AM
I definitely know the next track and previous track buttons do not work on my bluetooth Motorola S9 on the iPad. (Same functionality as the iPhone). Not sure about the mic. I haven't tried it.

sactownbwoy
Apr 6, 2010, 07:17 AM
I'm reading Motorola headsets have trouble linking controls with the iPad (next, etc)...
But I have to agree with you and am going to continue doing just the same, that is keep using my iPhone for Skype, phone & SMS, and iPad for entertainment purposes.

However not everybody can afford an iPhone and an iPad, and I still can't understand why with such great and complete hardware, we're kept from buying an iPad and a bluetooth headset, and use them as a phone or as we see fit...

My Motorola S9 bluetooth stero headphones controls my winmo phone fone (next, pause, etc...) but does not work with my iPhone which leads me to the logical conclusion that Apple crippled the bluetooth stack which is a shame.

Now how is that moving bluetooth technology forward, hell they dont even all you to transfer files through bluetooth. How is that for openness.

Macentosh
Apr 10, 2010, 09:47 PM
Spoke to Apple insider, they are waiting on Skype to roll out app and they will update iPad. Everything is not a conspiracy, they will roll it out when it is ready. I doubt Skype will ever be available on 3G. They gave the keys to Verizon...

sactownbwoy
Apr 10, 2010, 10:39 PM
Spoke to Apple insider, they are waiting on Skype to roll out app and they will update iPad. Everything is not a conspiracy, they will roll it out when it is ready. I doubt Skype will ever be available on 3G. They gave the keys to Verizon...

I think it is pretty ridiculous that Skype doesn't work on 3G but it worked on winmo phones back in '08 with Verizon and on ATT. Don't know about now because I am in Japan but it works on my HTC Touch Pro here in Japan on 3G.

techn0lady
Apr 11, 2010, 01:10 AM
Stereo bluetooth headsets work with the iPad while mono ones do not.

I can confirm that a stereo bluetooth headset (the Blueant X-9) with mic does not work with iPad skype.
The stereo headphones will work with iTunes and Pandora

Southern Dad
May 24, 2010, 04:48 AM
I use the Altec Lancing BackBeat 903 and it works perfectly with my iPad. I also have a Plantronics 925 and a Motorola HX-1... neither of those two will work with the iPad.

BossHogg
May 25, 2010, 07:41 PM
My Moto S305's work like a charm. That includes both inset and ipad volume control etc. For games, video and web.

zub3qin
May 25, 2010, 09:24 PM
i have an A2DP bluetooth stereo headset that works fine with iPhone.
Doesn't work with iPad.


I have car bluetooth that works fine with iPhone.
Doesn't work with iPad.


I have an Apple branded bluetooth keyboard.
Doesn't work with iPad.


Bluetooth on iPad sucks.

Karnivore
May 26, 2010, 09:50 AM
Spoke to Apple insider, they are waiting on Skype to roll out app and they will update iPad. Everything is not a conspiracy, they will roll it out when it is ready. I doubt Skype will ever be available on 3G. They gave the keys to Verizon...

I am pretty sure that Jobs mentioned native VOIP over 3G in his OS 4.0 preview keynote. I do not think that limitation lies with Apple or Skype, it's AT&T who's stalling implementation to protect its voice service revenue.

HoosierInFL
May 26, 2010, 08:55 PM
My Sony hbh-is800 work but only at FULL volume. I am unable to adjust the volume at all. I am told this gets fixed in the 4.0 update, but that won't be until the fall. Bummer.

T4R06
May 26, 2010, 09:44 PM
I just ordered hbh-is800 too. I dontcare fir now if there is no volume control. The sleekest bt headphones in the market today.

HoosierInFL
May 26, 2010, 09:55 PM
I just ordered hbh-is800 too. I dontcare fir now if there is no volume control. The sleekest bt headphones in the market today.

You'll care when you can only listen at full volume at all times.

batman75
May 26, 2010, 10:37 PM
I have both a Nokia bh-903 and Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800. Nokia is flawless, Sony doesn't have volume control which is an issue when listening to music but not an issue for phone calls.

sathin8r
Sep 11, 2010, 08:40 AM
Just read the official Apple iPad guide - Bluetooth headsets are officially supported. My Sennheiser MM100 work fine - just had told the button down until the iPad recognized it. :)

T4R06
Sep 12, 2010, 09:53 PM
You'll care when you can only listen at full volume at all times.

Not at all. They are mostly used on ipad when watching movies, shows.

On iPhone 4 they are simply awesome! iOS

Can't wait on iPad iOS

felixen
Oct 6, 2010, 03:11 PM
Cant you get a fix for this if you have a jailbroken iPad?

jim2249
Oct 30, 2010, 03:29 PM
Confirmed the S9 works for music on the ipad. Turn on the BT on ipad first. Push and hold the "on" for the s9 (keep holding - do not release). Ipad will recognize. Click on ipad to connect and there it is. I tried and tried and it would not work, because I was only holding the on button for 3 seconds on the s9 per instructions, but you have to keep holding it until the ipad recognizes it. I don't know about skype yet, but at least confirmed it works for music and the volume controls also.

Rickie01
Mar 14, 2011, 12:42 AM
I use my Bluetooth Motorola headphones for listening to music, it has been working great and the audio output is also simply superb. Motorola has been launching new headphones now and then; it is the best brand I have come across, I suggest people to buy this to experience the best sound quality.