Why can't bluetooth be used to it's full potential?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mrsir2009, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Hi guys :) One of the first things I noticed when I got my iPhone was that I couldn't simply & easily bluetooth media (photos, videos, music) to my Mac and my friend's cellphones/iPod Touches. Getting photos onto my Mac from my old Samsung phone used to be real easy and quick, but now it's just a drag to have to plug it in and import from iPhoto... Too bad since the iPhone 4S's camera is amazing. It would sacrifice nothing for files to be able to be sent to and from iOS5 devices. Its not like an optical drive or something big and physical that hinders a device. Its a software feature that'd make iDevices so much better.

    I just don't get why Apple decided not to implement this handy feature into iOS. It allows the exchange of media between devices of all platforms easily with no setup.

    Is there any reason?

    Thanks you :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It sucks battery and is full of security holes.
     
  3. Ishmumrhmn macrumors regular

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    You can jailbreak your 4S and use gremlin to send stuff over bluetooth
     
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't you use iCloud's Photostream? It's super easy.
     
  5. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Is it cross platform? Can I send photos to Windows computers, android phones and feature phones? The thing I love about bluetooth is the universality and the versatility :)

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    It can always be turned off.
     
  6. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    Well it does actually work on a Windows computer. Just download the iCloud control panel and then turn it on in there.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You asked why it couldn't be used to it's full potential. If it's off, doesn't that defeat the point of your question?
     
  8. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    It can be turned on to send and receive files, then turned off again.
     
  9. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    What he's saying is that it can be turned on and off as needed.
     
  10. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    With bluetooth there is nothing you have to download, plus it works on feature phones and pretty much every device under the sun :)
     
  11. throAU macrumors 601

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    You know about wifi sync, right?

    As said, bluetooth is slow, insecure and ist just another battery drain. If you're using icloud, you don't even need to do that, it automatically syncs when you hit a wifi AP.
     
  12. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    So I guess the reason Apple has left this feature out is to push iCloud?
     
  13. Ishmumrhmn macrumors regular

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    If you want a photo backup software, just get dropbox
    For contacts, use idrive lite
     
  14. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I think you misunderstand... I'm not looking for an alternative to bluetooth, as I know of the alternatives and am currently using them (well, I have to I guess). The point is that all of these alternatives require some sort of setup, and none of them are as universal as bluetooth. I'm guessing the reason that Apple left this feature out is to both combat piracy (they are in the music business, after all) and push iCloud and/or their other wireless methods of transferring data.
     
  15. Ishmumrhmn macrumors regular

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    I am not dissing the iPhone, but my next phone is going to be an android
    I used it today and its 100X better IMO
     

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