Apple Looking to Expand Bluetooth Support in iOS

By , Dec 11, 2011

Other than a handful of stereo receivers and standalone speakers, there aren’t many AirPlay-compatible accessories on the market. Manufacturers haven’t really adopted Apple’s wireless technology like the company had hoped it would.

So it’s no surprise that Macotakara, a Japanese blog known for leaking Apple information, is reporting that the company is looking to rethink wireless connectivity in iOS. The company is now apparently showing a deep interest in Bluetooth.

According to Macotakara, Apple hosted a MFI (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) Conference last week in Shenzen, China. The iPhone-makers revealed that they are going to start providing a new connectivity chip to encourage more iOS-compatible accessories.

The chip will allow hardware to interact with iOS devices via AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. You might recall that all of Apple’s recently-released products have included Bluetooth 4.0, such as its MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, and even the new iPhone 4S.

The company obviously thinks that the low-energy wireless technology is the wave of the future, as there have been several reports that the next generation Apple TV will contain it. There have also been rumors that Apple is working on AirPlay-over-Bluetooth, which would remove the need for a Wi-Fi network.

This is big news for a couple of reasons. First, it means we could be seeing a lot more wireless iOS accessories in the near future. And second, it means we could finally see Apple TV gaming take off. Although there are a few Apple TV-compatible games available, the current AirPlay-over-Wi-Fi solution makes for a choppy gaming experience. Bluetooth would provide a much lower-latency connection.

The future of iOS just got a lot more interesting.

[MacRumors]

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  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    It would be even better if it was full on bluethooth ..
    And before I hear my android has full on bluethooth …yes and you have flash that don’t work right…
    Sorry for that..

  • http://twitter.com/lewisdenny L-DOGG

    “wave of the future”… Nice :P

  • Anonymous

    Apple needs to expand Bluetooth functionality. Really don’t know why we can transfer files from other phone to iPhone.

    • Daniel

      Because theres no Finder for the iPhone. Apple is trying to get away from the concept of files, and just have documents or projects that exist within an app.

  • http://twitter.com/murdoc2k Alex

    Finally, more BT support.

  • Daniel

    AirPlay already works over Bluetooth, doesn’t it? I can stream music to my stereo over bluetooth from my iPod, I thought that was AirPlay.

    • http://www.socialcubix.com/services/mobile/iphone-application-development iPhone Application Developer

      You are very right and i liked your answer, really inspirational.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt Lewis

    why exactly is it not a surprise?…”So it’s no surprise that Macotakara,…is reporting that the company is looking to rethink wireless connectivity in iOS.

    cody what did you know beforehand?

  • http://twitter.com/GXGOW Nicolas Loots

    I hope they will also include bluetooth file transfer because CocoaNuts STILL hasn’t updated Gremlin2 nor Celeste for iOS 5.