• Apr 4, 2009
The iPhone 3.0 software is due to be released later this year, and in addition to allowing GPS applications to display turn-by-turn directions, Apple's uber-device will finally bring something other smartphone users have been enjoying for a while: Bluetooth audio streaming.

With the new feature enabled on the iPhone, the device can be paired with a Bluetooth-equipped stereo, allowing users to ditch their cables and those infernal FM transmitters, to enjoy streaming audio from the iPhone's music player.

KickingTires head-honcho and former Autoblog Editor, Dave Thomas, got his paws on the new 3.0 software ahead of its release this summer and put the Bluetooth functionality to the test on a Toyota Venza. The verdict? It works as advertised. And it's about time. Check out the video demonstration after the jump.

[Source: KickingTires]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      once again Apple tries to shock the world with a technology... only thing they are late again. Waiting for some apple fan boys to come.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Errr. A2DP, HFP, HSP, etc has been integrated in many infotainment systems.

      Audi, BMW ,etc are already implementing the DLNA standard in their next-gen MMI/iDrive infotainment systems.
      Which will feature next-gen SSD storage instead of sensitive harddisks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2009MY Mazda6 already has this feature,,,,
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fair question, Jim. I suppose not all posts can be interesting, but it is my humble expectation that posts on Autoblog should be auto news related.
      This one just happened to be a particularly-slow-news-day kind of entry, and is not auto related. If the feature had been new to the Toyota, or to some other vehicle, I may have given it a pass. However, this is a blog entry about the iPhone, and it is mis-placed here. This kind of news should be left to the likes of Chris Ziegler and Josh Topolsky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      [Let me apologize to all the pedantic commenters about the confused homophone hear / here. I have no idea how that happened.]
        • 5 Years Ago
        As english is not my mother tongue it took me couple of seconds to get what that "homophone" means... "I know Vodaphone, but Homophone...?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did everyone happen to miss where it said

      "Apple's uber-device will finally bring something other smartphone users have been enjoying for a while"

      aka, its not the first? And they didn't say that in the article.



      I'm looking forward to the 3.0 update.. where it becomes more like a phone should be... MMS... and functional blue tooth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The question should be, is it news when a crippled feature is uncrippled? Apple is presented with press looking great and like innovators when in reality they were limiting the Bluetooth profiles that competitors have been using for some time."

        In all fairness, it's not like this is unique to Apple either. Verizon and Sprint are notorious for neutering the bluetooth features on their branded phones. It's there, they just ain't gonna let you have it.

        In Apple's case, they most likely hadn't actually implemented it in their software until now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jim: That's a fair point, but it's a bit different when the service provider limits the hardware compared to a hardware manufacturer using software to limit their own hardware.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The question should be, is it news when a crippled feature is uncrippled? Apple is presented with press looking great and like innovators when in reality they were limiting the Bluetooth profiles that competitors have been using for some time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still, Headline should have read "iPhone Finally Gets Old Bluetooth Function" but then that harldy sounds like news... does it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "@Jim: That's a fair point, but it's a bit different when the service provider limits the hardware compared to a hardware manufacturer using software to limit their own hardware."

        Yes. the former is worse. What the service providers do is intentionally restrict something that is actually already implemented in hardware and software. Apple is implementing something in their software that wasn't there or wasn't working before (and making it a free update for iPhones.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My Nokia 6275i "stupid" phone from 3 years ago can do this and it sounds like crap. Do other phones stream music in high quality over Bluetooth? Maybe the newer bluetooth versions are better now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jim: Yes there is usually a (re)compression. Head-phones can't receive mp3-data and the top/ideal transfer rate of BT 2.0 is only 2.1mbps.
        I think car-audio would be quite a different story, as it can receive/decode mp3-data. (Too bad not every BT-enabled DAP can stream it mp3-data; I don't know about iPhone but current Sony players can't.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Even on quite fresh mp3-players from Sony the quality loss when audio-streaming is recognizable, so I guess BT "not there yet". (Even though that on the paper the bitrate numbers should be sufficient the real outcome is far from perfect.)"

        it's most likely the receiving piece has crappy equipment (speakers or DAC.) Or else the streaming hardware is recompressing the audio data, which would suck ass. There's no inherent property of BT that would make audio quality suck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even on quite fresh mp3-players from Sony the quality loss when audio-streaming is recognizable, so I guess BT "not there yet". (Even though that on the paper the bitrate numbers should be sufficient the real outcome is far from perfect.)
      uniquelibra1013
      • 2 Years Ago
      DO you know if this feature can be activated in the 2009 CAmry XLE with Navi? I want to stream audio through my BT and IPHONe 4s. Any ideas where I could get assistance becuase the toyota.com number is not helpful at all... :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      congrats to apple for catching up to the wireless bluetooth streaming. perhaps they just couldn't figure it out when they were selling millions in ipod/iphone adapter adapters laff.

      I agree with everyone here its nothing new... welcome to 2009, iphone ! I can't wait til some apple fanboy I know is like "whoa cool iphones got wireless stereo, apple is so innovative"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good news if you have a 2nd gen ipod touch you will be able to do this after a very "reasonable" 10$ fee to use hardware that you paid for when you bought your iPod. The excuse is that you are actually paying for OS 3.0 but seriously this functionality could have existed from the get.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like you all to join me in welcoming Damon to 2006. Just because the iPhone finally achieves a feature set Windows Mobile and even non-Smartphones achieved more than two years ago, doesn't mean it's blogworthy.

      I come hear to read about cars. I'll go to Engadget for technology news.

      This notwithstanding, keep up the good blogging. This is the best auto blog on the Internets (sic).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The iPhone is cool, which the Toyota Venza (or any Toyota, for that matter) isn't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Supra, AE86, 2000GT.

        But yes, the Venza is not cool.
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