Bluetooth for iPod Touch? Hidden hardware unleashed through software updates?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Matt1974, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Matt1974 macrumors member

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    A few weeks ago I posted a thread on the Macbook section where I speculated about Apple revealing hidden hardware through software updates. Many so-called savvy guys replied as if they'd be Apple staff engineers, saying Apple would NEVER do such a thing...

    Now, according to today's news, this is what Apple could be doing with the 2nd Generation iPod Touch:

    "...Apple also revealed that Bluetooth support can be activated in the 2nd generation iPod Touches."


    So... what do you guys have to say???

    Some of you remembered they did activate 802.11n via software update. Well, this is another example.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. freeme007 macrumors regular

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    Looks like the activation fee will for $10! WTF!
     
  3. Lkhn562 macrumors newbie

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    nah I dont think they would hide that, maybe they could take it from the wifi card and split it through software but i doubt it , there in it for the money so they would probably leave until later when the next touch comes out
     
  4. sharp65 macrumors 6502

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    What? The iPod touch 2nd gen does have bluetooth capabilities. It looks like this new firmware unlocks it to be used for more purposes.
     
  5. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Well, even if it was 'enabled' in the current OS, you couldn't do anything with it anyway. The functionality was also pretty limited with the iPhone, I think about the only thing it was good for was for wireless headsets.

    It's only in 3.0 that the actual Touch-significant features using BT are added.
     
  6. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Technically it is "enabled" in the current OS, as it's currently used for the iPod+Nike feature.
     
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Would be nice for a file transfer program. Maybe a disk mode enabled thingy would be way useful. Like Air Sharing only have a folder that you can transfer & view files to via bluetooth. Or better yet, have the touch enable disk mode. Yeah, that's the ticket.
     
  8. pismodude2 macrumors 6502a

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    I just paired my Samsung mobile with my iPod touch 2G, WHAZAH!
     
  9. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    And now that it's paired, what can you do with it? Music, file transfer? Tether the touch via Bluetooth modem and phone? Huhh, can ya? Will be interesting to see what's locked out of normal connectivity options. Knowing Apple, quite a bit is my guess.
     
  10. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    looking at all this it makes me want to get a ipod 2g touch as well! but then, the only thing i want out of the ipod touch 2G is the volume control on the side! i might get one later in the future
     
  11. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    The speaker is pretty sweet too.;)
     
  12. pismodude2 macrumors 6502a

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    The beta is really buggy, and I haven't actually tried to explore those options yet (except for the music bit, my bluetooth headphones and this iPod rock!), but I doubt that file transfers will work.
     
  13. kwk1 macrumors regular

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    What type/model of BT headphones do you use if you don't mind me asking?
     

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