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  • iPod Touch 2G has Bluetooth Functionality, 3.0 to Unlock it!


    Way back when iFixit opened iPod touch 2G, they found a Broadcom BCM4325 Bluetooth chip inside. It was believed to be functional just as a Nike+ receiver but Greg Joswiak' comment during Q&A today made it much more functional, according to whom, the bluetooth functionality will be "Unlocked" with the 3.0 update.

    Q: Bluetooth on the iPod touch?
    A: Bluetooth is a capability we can “unlock” on the latest-gen iPod touch.
    That means the Touch users will be able to enjoy P2P gaming and A2DP functions as well, which the iPhone 2G users and iPod Touch 1G users won't be able to. Makes the $9.95 price tag of the iPod software worth it!

    [gdgt]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPod Touch 2G has Bluetooth Functionality, 3.0 to Unlock it! started by sayam View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Looks like iPod touch users got lucky on this one. :-)

      and i was 1st?!?! lol. Never thought i'd see that.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      yay! i have an iPod touch 2G (and iPhone 3G)
    1. keviNNz's Avatar
      keviNNz -
      WTF?! NO A2DP ON iphone 2g? FML
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Wait...A2DP? So it's probably coming to iPhone, too? o.o
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by keviNNz View Post
      WTF?! NO A2DP ON iphone 2g? FML
      iPhone 2G has different hardware...
    1. skribblz's Avatar
      skribblz -
      does this mean we can use a bluetooth on the ipod touch to use voip?
    1. davedave1234's Avatar
      davedave1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      iPhone 2G has different hardware...
      But I thought the chip in it (BlueCore4) also supports A2DP?
    1. kenfly's Avatar
      kenfly -
      Quote Originally Posted by davedave1234 View Post
      But I thought the chip in it (BlueCore4) also supports A2DP?
      i was thinking this too. also will p2p gaming be available to iphone 2G?
    1. Quister's Avatar
      Quister -
      A: Bluetooth is a capability we can “unlock” on the latest-gen iPod touch.

      This is them saying they can unlock it. Did they also specificly say they actually will do that?
    1. Bleh5's Avatar
      Bleh5 -
      Vice versely, I wonder if this means that the chip in the iPhone3G can be "unlocked" to be used as a Nike+ receiver.
    1. playful_cyanide's Avatar
      playful_cyanide -
      I saw this coming a mile away. Thats why I swapped my 1st gen 16gb touch for an 8gb 2nd gen touch. Plus, the 1st gen was out of warranty.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by playful_cyanide View Post
      I saw this coming a mile away. Thats why I swapped my 1st gen 16gb touch for an 8gb 2nd gen touch. Plus, the 1st gen was out of warranty.
      Swapped?
    1. playful_cyanide's Avatar
      playful_cyanide -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Swapped?
      no. I didn't steal it. My friend wanted more storage, and I wanted the Bluetooth + speaker + slicker design. funny thought though.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Just becasue the original iPhone's BT hardware is "different" doesn't mean it won't get A2DP/AVRCP, so where is the actual statement coming from that it will not? Is this just an assumption? It has all the hardware it needs. Also, what about that FM radio chip in the Touch 2G? If I were paying for the update, I'd want that too! Is the same Broadcom chip with FM radio in the iPhone 3G? Will the 3.0 software bring Street View to the Touch 2G (strangely absent even though it's on the same firmware for iPhone)?

      Now, A2DP/AVRCP is going to be REALLY useful on my motorcycle + Parrot SK4000. The charge-through A2DP/AVRCP adapter I'm currently using is a pain because it dumps you to the iPod interface any time a call comes through or a playback control command is sent (auto or manual) whether you were listening to it or not. Also, I got one with charge-through functionality and it doesn't work 100% (sometimes shows "plugged in" but not "charging" even with a 1,000mA charger).
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Just becasue the original iPhone's BT hardware is "different" doesn't mean it won't get A2DP/AVRCP, so where is the actual statement coming from that it will not? Is this just an assumption?
      Apple's 3.0 firmware page on their website
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      Sweet.
    1. N4cer's Avatar
      N4cer -
      They have to hurry up and release this.
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      AWESOME!!
      Cant Wait!
    1. simonlcheng's Avatar
      simonlcheng -
      wait, wat is A2DP? )
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by simonlcheng View Post
      wait, wat is A2DP? )
      You can't be serious.