Can 3rd party apps use Bluetooth? Thus A2DP?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by nlivo, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. nlivo macrumors 6502a

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    Can 3rd party apps use bluetooth at all? The iPhone's lack of support for its bluetooth is bloody annoying. I'd love an app similar to 'DataCase' but using Bluetooth. It'd just be nice to send photos through bluetooth. Anyone know the details on this?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. I have some experience of the Bluetooth frameworks on Mac OSX and was going to create some cheap apps to allow the sending of contacts and photos over Bluetooth. But there is no access to the Bluetooth stack at all. The entire IOBluetooth framework that you would use on the desktop is missing.

    It might be possible to open a low-level BSD socket if you knew the path to use but I doubt that that would work unless Apple have pre-created a Bluetooth serial port for this access (and if they have they haven't made it public).
     
  3. nlivo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I would also note that A2DP has nothing to do with data transfer: it's for audio, most commonly stereo headsets.
     
  5. nlivo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah ok. Thank you. I just assumed that's what it was because whenever I read it, it was mentioned along side sending photos and contacts etc over bluetooth. Thanks for the clarification.
     

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