iPod Touch and Bluetooth GPS

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by webgeer, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. webgeer macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2006
    I was wondering if anyone has had success using a Bluetooth GPS with their iPod touch.

    I happen to have a Bluetooth GPS (i-Blue 737) which works with my Blackberry and with my Macbook fine.

    I (with very special permission -- she doesn't usually let me touch it) borrowed my wife's iPod Touch. However, it couldn't seem to find it at all. Her iPod Touch is a second generation with the 3.1 software installed.

    My Garmin GPS is on its last legs and I thought that when it finally died, rather than replacing it, I might get a touch. However, if it can't act as a GPS, that won't be possible.

    Was I doing something wrong, or does the newest iPod touches work with these types of Bluetooth devices?
  2. thefatmould macrumors member

    May 31, 2009
    Kaiapoi New Zealand
    The Bluetooth on the current and new iPod Touches is configured for headphones/sets only so sorry no luck. If you want to by a touch and use GPS TomTom is releasing a car mount compatible with any GPS app as well as TomTom's own app.
  3. Dieder macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009
    The Netherlands
  4. hampstenj macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2009
    One thing to think about is the tomtom car kit that is supposed to be coming out soon, with it's own GPS Chip that should work with the touch. However that has not been confirmed yet on it allowing work for other GPS apps since the tomtom app is an overbloated waste of $100 bucks, compaired to the Navigon app which as of the other day released an update that allows Text to speech road names.
  5. webgeer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2006
    I sort of suspected that the Bluetooth was only for headphones. (I had heard that about 3.0, but hadn't seen anything that specifically said that for 3.1)

    Interestingly on the iPod Touch Tech specs page it just says Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and no mention that it is for headphones only. The 3.1 software upgrade page doesn't seem to mention Bluetooth at all. (correction: the 3.1 software upgrade page, does specify that stereo bluetooth is available for 2nd generation iPod touches only)

    The suggestion about the Tomtom is something to keep in mind, but I'm not really that interested in the driving directions and car mounted uses (I know my way around thanks very much), but more for hiking, biking, geocaching and for geotagging photos.

    Hopefully my Garmin will last for another year and maybe the touch next year will get a gps.
  6. yashrg macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2008
    Does anyone know if this works with OS4.0 or the latest ipod touch?
  7. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    If you jailbreak your ipod touch and get either RoqyBT or BTstackGPS from cydia then you can use a Bluetooth gps receiver.

    Works fine with my ipad wifi and touch 2g on either tomtom, navigon,sygic, anything!
  8. ersan macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    Hello, what type of receiver do you use?
  9. Brucewl macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2010
    Yes, Something like this post, iPod can only recognize the bluetooth headphone.

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