Why is Bluetooth Neutered in iOS

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by TriBruin, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. TriBruin macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2008
    One thing that has always bothered me is that Bluetooth is neutered in iOS. There are three examples that I can think of:

    1) When playing audio via Bluetooth in my car, I do not see the album art that I normally would. (Works fine with USB)

    2) Contact pictures are not transferred to my car with the rest of the contact information. My car has the option of displaying pictures for contacts, but the iPhone won't transfer them.

    3) Most annoying, I can not respond to texts via Bluetooth! When i had a pebble, that was a minor annoyance (since it was available on Android.) But, now with my car having text reading and response, it is frustrating. Since the AppleWatch can do it (and, again, Android phones can support it), it has to be an artificial limitation.

    Before anyone say "Buy an Android then", these are mere annoyances, not something that is going to make me turn away from iPhone/iOS, but I wish Apple would open this up.
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Bluetooth transfers Album artwork just fine in my car (2015 GTI). Can't help you with 2 or 3 as my car does not have those features.
  3. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

    Suckfest 9001

    May 31, 2015
    4) I can't use any Bluetooth OBD2 readers with iPhone..need to use Wi-Fi ones instead. For no reason at all.
  4. TriBruin thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2008
    In my car, I am supposed to be able to transfer contact photos when I transfer the contacts. I can then use the pictures in my quick dial screen.

    For #3, this applies to all Bluetooth devices. It is impossible to reply to a text message, you can only read them. This is a huge disadvantage for wearable devices (FitBit, Pebble, etc.) as compared to the AppleWatch.
  5. riekl macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    It's your car bro, not IOS.

    My Volt can do all of these things just fine, I do audio reply to texts every day. My wife's jeep can also send texts just fine via IOS.

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