Talk on iPhone from Mac with headset

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bmorris, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    I have a Mac with the 10.6.3 and the iPhone 3GS with the latest firmware.
    I edit video a lot and have a pair of headphones with a mic also built in.

    Is it possible to have the headphones connected to the Mac for editing but also be able to talk on the iPhone with it?

    I am basically looking for hands-free solution where I can make/answer calls on the iPhone, but also be able to edit video, both with the same headphones/headset.

    I'm not sure if there's an application or certain headset I would need.
    I know Tiger had a bluetooth option in Address Book to SMS and Call people on a linked phone, it didn't work with the original iPhone.

  2. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    How would an app connect your headset to both your computer AND you phone at the same time?

    I think your only choice would be some sort of 2 channel mixer that you plug your computer audio out, phone audio out into and your headphone into the audio out of the mixer. it would have to be a pretty sophisticated mixer though to also let you use your mic!

  3. bmorris thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    I was maybe looking for some kind of app or utility to let the iphone (connected USB or Bluetooth) be able to receive audio from the Mac which would be coming from the headphones.

    Make sense kinda?
  4. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    You didn't say what kind of headset you are using on your computer. If it is USB or analog wired (are their WiFi headsets?) then it's possible with the right software (which I'm not sure exists).

    You would need software to allow your Mac to act in the Headset (HS) role. Normally, your Mac would connect TO a headset, acting in the Audio Gateway (AG) role. I don't think that the OSX Bluetooth stack provides for your Mac to act in the HS role, but there might be third-party software available.

    This won't work if you are using a Bluetooth headset, because the Bluetooth standard doesn't permit a device to act in both the HS and AG roles at the same time. The problem is that there can only be one audio stream of the type used by the Headset Profile going between any two devices at the same time.
  5. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    I'm not sure if this helps. But some headsets can pair with more than one device at the same time.

    So I can have both bluetooth headset connected to both my computer and phone at the same time. However, I don't know how this would work for just an audio feed instead of phone calls.

    Audio can't be coming from both at the same time but it will alert of calls on both.

    It might work the same with audio.
  6. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sorry, I misunderstood your original post.

    It sounds like what you want is the ability to connect to both your Mac and your phone with the same headset? You want to edit video on the Mac, and if a phone call comes in, you want the phone call to interrupt the sound from the Mac, right?

    That's possible. You just need get a Bluetooth headset that can pair with more than one device. Most modern ones do. I'm pretty sure that a phone will have priority over the Mac and will cut-through when a call comes in.

    I'll have to try this with my Motorola ROKRs. I've used them on both my Macbook and iPhone, but haven't been in a situation where a call came in while I was using them on the Macbook... Don't have my Macbook handy right now, I'll try it later or maybe somebody else has some experience with this.
  7. jordand321 macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2008
    New Zealand

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