Does the iPod Touch Have Bluetooth Technology?

by David Weedmark Google

    Today's iPod Touch includes Bluetooth technology, allowing you to connect it to headsets, speakers, keyboards and other Bluetooth devices. Whether or not your iPod Touch has Bluetooth -- and what you can do with it -- depends on which model you have and what operating system version is installed. Also, different tasks are performed by different Bluetooth profiles. While today's iPod Touch supports many of the same profiles used by the Apple iPhone, profiles used by the iPhone's Phone and Message apps are not supported by the iPod Touch.

    Hardware and Software Requirements

    The first-generation iPod Touch, introduced in 2007, did not support Bluetooth. The second generation did have the required hardware installed, but it was dormant and could not be accessed until the release of the iOS 3.0 operating system. In order to use Bluetooth, customers had to purchase the $10 software upgrade from iOS 2 to iOS 3.0 before they could unlock the feature. Since then, Bluetooth has been standard on all iPod Touch models.

    Enabling Bluetooth on the iPod Touch

    Provided your iPod Touch is a second generation or later, running at least iOS 3.0, you can turn on Bluetooth simply by tapping "Bluetooth" in the Settings menu and then tapping the "On/Off" toggle. Any Bluetooth devices within range are displayed in the Devices section of the screen. Just as with a computer, you may have to enter a code or perform other necessary steps required by the device to pair it with the iPod Touch. When you select a device from the list, the iPod Touch attempts to pair with it. As with a computer, you may need to enter an access code to pair a Bluetooth device with an iPod Touch.

    Supported Bluetooth Profiles

    Human Interface Device Profile (HID) is used to connect a keyboard to the iPod Touch. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows high-quality audio to be streamed over Bluetooth speakers and headsets. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4 lets you use a remote-control Bluetooth device to navigate audio and video. It includes commands like pause, play, next track, previous track and browsing. Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) allows you to create and connect to Bluetooth networks, like for playing multiplayer games with two devices in the same room. Hands Free Profile 1.6 provides connectivity to headsets and hands-free car kits. HFP is only available on iPod Touch fourth generation and later.

    Bluetooth Profiles Not Supported

    There are two types of Bluetooth technologies used by the iPhone that are not supported by the iPod Touch. Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) is used for exchanging phone-book objects between an iPhone and other Bluetooth devices like car kits. For example, with this profile a car kit could display the name of an incoming caller or sync an iPhone phone book with a car display. Message Access Profile (MAP) allows Bluetooth devices like a hands-free car kit to access messages on the iPhone.

    About the Author

    David Weedmark's articles have appeared in dozens of publications since 1989, including "The Windsor Star" and "The Ottawa Citizen." As well as being a technology consultant, he is the author of several books, including "The Tanglewood Murders." Weedmark studied English at the University of Toronto.

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