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Saturday, June 12, 2010

iPhone almost useless Bluetooth

I remembered suggesting sending just one picture file to a friend in Taipei last month over Bluetooth from my Android phone to her iPhone. That attempt shockingly failed. I thought Bluetooth is supposed to be a standard?

A quick search solved this mystery.

iPhone’s Bluetooth is dumb, purposely crippled or both? [via]

Did you know that there are roughly twenty-five Bluetooth profiles? iPhone only supports the Hands-Free Profile (HFP) and Headset Profile (HSP).

iPhone Support
Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
Headset Profile (HSP)

iPhone Does Not Support
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
Basic Imaging Profile (BIP)
Basic Printing Profile (BPP)
Cordless Telephony Profile (CTP)
Device ID Profile (DID)
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
Fax Profile (FAX)
File Transfer Profile (FTP)
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP)
Generic Access Profile (GAP)
Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP)
Human Interface Device Profile (HID)
Intercom Profile (ICP)
Object Push Profile (OPP)
Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)
Serial Port Profile (SPP)
Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
SIM Access Profile (SAP,SIM)
Synchronisation Profile (synch)
Video Distribution Profile (vdp)
Wireless Application Protocol Bearer (WAPB)

What can you do with Bluetooth on the iPhone?; Bluetooth File Exchange, iSync do not work [via]

We've yet to hear reports of Windows applications that can successfully interact with the iPhone via Bluetooth.

It seems only Apple's iPhone is friendly to Apple's iPhone. I doubt Apple new iPhone dubbed iOS4 will change this.

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