New App Turns Bluetooth On and Off With One Touch

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    A frequent complaint amongst some iPhone power users is the number of steps it takes to toggle Bluetooth on and off. It takes the user four steps -- Settings/General/Bluetooth/Toggle -- to turn it on or off. However, a just-launched app aims to make the task much simpler.

    Bluetooth OnOff launched last night and enables the toggling of Bluetooth with just a tap -- or even, via a blank toggle, simply by launching the app. To do this, head to the app's settings panel in Settings and toggle the unlabeled switch there, kill the app through the multitasking tray and relaunch it.

    It's a universal app, for iPhone and iPad -- however, this sort of direct control of Bluetooth is prohibited by Apple's iOS app guidelines and it's unclear how long Apple will allow the app to remain on the App Store.

    Bluetooth OnOff is $0.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: New App Turns Bluetooth On and Off With One Touch
  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    I would love this for Wi-Fi! I can't count the number of times I've gotten stuck on a Wi-Fi network that isn't working right, either the signal is too low, or it's bogged down with users, or has no Internet access.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Wow, how did this even get approved?

    If Apple pulls the app, will they still pay the developer?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2010
    Menlo Park, CA
    You can please some of the people ....some of the time.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
  6. macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Or none of them all of the time :D

    Technically you're affecting more people by pleasing no one........
  7. macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    Or just JB and use SBSettings.

    This really shows how dumb it is to toggle certain things in iOS.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2008
    Fool me once.

    This might not get pulled, just circumvented in an OS update.

    I paid for Flashlaunch that direct linked straight to the wifi/bluetooth settings.
    Worked just like I wanted.
    Until the last iOS update.

    No updates and it doesn't work anymore.

    So, as much as I want this app, I am not paying a cent for it unless they guarantee future support, which I doubt would happen.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    This guy is gonna make a fortune! :)
  10. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Is it still fair that the dev who made this Bluetooth app gets paid for directly violating the guidelines? Just wondering, as it's not fair to the other developers who could make these kind of apps, but not get approved.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
    it's called jailbreaking.
  12. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    How do you think that? He's in violation.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2008
    There should be a clause that if an app gets pulled for violation after, everyone that bought it gets a refund, whether that is full or less Apple's 30%, I don't care.

    I bought Comic Book Mobi when the first iPad came out for like $15.
    The dev circumvented Apple rules by allowing USB loading (which oddly, is allowed today).
    Apple took his app down.
    I had to fight and scream to get my money back.
    To me, part of the purchase price is future support.
  14. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Now a similar app for WiFi, please.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Download it now, even if you don't think you'll use it. It'll be gone by the end of the day, imo.

    I bought the HandyLight app for tethering even though I had no use for tethering at the time, but it ended up being very useful a few times.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    I've been able to do this on my Android device for years...and it's legit.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    If the app would be allowed to stay in the App store, he/she probably will make some money.

    It fills an important functional need, at least for me.
  19. macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2009
    UK, Wickford.
    This Bluetooth On/Off feature should be built into SIRI, not as a paid App. Shame on you Apple for allowing it to be sold. :mad: :mad: :mad:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    I agree. Too bad it will probably be pulled by Apple.

    I also wish there was a direct access app to the music EQ... same story.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Durango, Co
    What I don't get is how it takes Apple months and months to evaluate and approve one app, and then something like this gets through as if no one ever laid eyes on it.

    Very weird.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Similar story, sort of. I bought the MLB At-Bat 2010 app at the beginning of that season. And it worked fine all year, even after the season ended. However, a few months into 2011 it just stopped working completely. It would just show an error when I opened it. The app hadn't been updated; one day it just stopped working.

    Well, I had actually found it useful for looking up games from the season (you can only access the games for the season the app was released for) and videos from those games. I checked and double-checked everywhere to see if there was some fine print about the app "expiring", but I found nothing. I emailed Apple and told them the app I had purchased was broken and non-functional and requested a refund. I got the run-around with Apple telling me to contact MLB and MLB telling me to contact Apple.

    It wasn't a huge deal, but I was curious to know if developers were actually allowed to intentionally cripple/break their apps that people had paid for. It was kind of shady.
  23. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    The problem is that it won't be allowed to stay, as it uses system level private APIs to accomplish the function, which is a major no-no. If Apple did let it stay, it would be a punch in the face to developers who actually follow the guidelines.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2011
    Such things should come by design in any OS. I mean with easy access to it and not burried under two layers of the Settings app.
  25. macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2007
    This is much to do about nothing!
    The reason the bluetooth setting is buried is because it is supposed to stay ON so it is available when YOU need it.

    I want a bluetooth connection when I get in my car or when I get home or when I use my bluetooth headset. There is no point to be fiddling with settings just so I can save .00000001 watts of power.

    Just my $.99 opinion ;-)

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