Last week, we told you about CocoaNuts’ plans to launch Celeste 2
, an iOS 6-compatible version of the highly popular Celeste Bluetooth Sharing software for iOS that allows the user to send files over Bluetooth to other Bluetooth-capable devices.
CocoaNuts have been kind enough to give ModMyi an exclusive sneak peek of the internal Celeste 2 beta, so we can show you how the application will work on iOS 6.
Celeste 2 will have all of the features of the original Celeste Bluetooth Sharing, and more. Most notably, the software now uses Apple's native iOS Bluetooth
, meaning that the software is now zero-configuration and just works. Because Celeste 2 uses Apple’s own built-in Bluetooth, the general hypothesis is that Celeste 2 may already be compatible with iOS 7 out of the box. CocoaNuts notes that we will have to wait for iOS 7 to be jailbroken to be completely sure of this, as additional testing may be necessary. Tapping into Apple's Bluetooth also means that Tethering and listening to music won't be interrupted by Bluetooth file transfers.
You will be able to start using the software immediately without having to set up any Bluetooth devices or configure any settings. The software lets the user send files from several applications in iOS, including Photos, Music, Safari, Dropbox, and many more
. The software also supports receiving files from Bluetooth devices, and integrates with CocoaNuts' famous Gremlin software so that received files can be imported to the device's media library automatically with virtually no effort on the user's part.
To send a photo from the Photos application, the user simply needs to find a photo that they want to send, access the sharing menu, then tap on the Send with Celeste
button to bring up the Bluetooth interface. From here, the user picks a device they want to send it to, then confirms the file on the receiving device, and then the file transfer begins. You will be able to see the progress of the file transfer, and you will receive a banner notification when the file transfer is complete:
Celeste 2 also integrates with Notification Center to show you the file transfer progress in a widget there. You can enable or disable the Notification Center widget from the Notifications preferences pane in the Settings application:
Celeste 2 doesn’t only support sending photos, but also music or videos from your media library. To do this, you simply need to tap and hold on media from Song view in the Music application to bring up an Action Menu that has a Send button. Tapping on the Send button will bring you through the file-sending interface:
One of the cool new features in Celeste 2 is the ability to send Web site links to other Bluetooth-capable devices. In the event that you start reading something on the Internet on your mobile device, and want to pick up on another device, such as a large-screened laptop or desktop, you can send the link as a text file to that device. You can do so by accessing the Share menu in Mobile Safari, and then tapping on the Send with Celeste
button to move through the file-sending process:
If you thought Celeste 2 would only support sending files to other devices over Bluetooth... well... nope
Celeste 2 also lets you receive files over Bluetooth
and imports them to your media library for you
. To do this, just use one of your Bluetooth-capable devices and scan for your iOS device with Celeste 2 installed on it. You'll get a pop-up on the iOS device with Celeste 2 installed on it when you attempt to initiate a transfer asking if you want to receive the file or deny it. By receiving it, you will be able to monitor the progress of the file transfer, get notified when the file transfer finishes, and then view the file in the media library:
Celeste 2 puts an application icon on your home screen where you can monitor the file transfer progress of any active file transfers, as well as enable or disable automatically importing files with Gremlin, and enable or disable showing the application upon receiving a file:
From what it looks like, the Celeste 2 application is finished for the most part, so a release is expected in the very near future. CocoaNuts tells us that some additional testing must be done on other Bluetooth devices before it's ready. No specific date has been given just yet, but we will keep you updated on the latest!
Celeste 2 will be a free upgrade for existing Celeste Bluetooth Sharing owners, and new users will be able to pick it up for $9.99 when it's out on Cydia.