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Bluetooth to be unlocked in iPod touch

Wednesday, March 18, 2009  |  0 comments
During the iPhone OS 3.0 Event yesterday, Apple announced that it would be unlocking the Bluetooth functionality in iPod Touch. To give you a brief background, when the second-generation (2G) iPod touch was released Apple added the Nike + iPod receiver functionality to the touchscreen device.

iFixit after its hardware teardown, revealed the presence of a Broadcom BCM4325 chip with integrated Bluetooth support. The chip was determined at the time to be used for communication with the optional Nike + iPod Sensor accessory, but had no other known purpose.

This chip upon the release of the new iPhone 3.0 software, will enable features such as AD2P Stereo Bluetooth streaming, wireless gaming, and other application-to-application communications to be used by developers. It is unclear whether Apple will make all of the Bluetooth features of iPhone OS 3.0, including monaural headset support for phone calling, available to second-generation iPod touch users.



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