Currently Being ModeratedSep 1, 2010 7:47 PM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)HI and welcome to Apple Discussions...
I'm not sure if you can "pair" an iPad with your iMac. According to page 22 of the iPad User Guide, you can use iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard for wireless typing, or Bluetooth headphones for wireless listening.
iPad User Guide
I tried pairing my iPad with my iMac. Unless someone knows a trick to this
Carolyn27" iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 MBAir iPad 32GB iPhone iOS 4.0.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2010 4:31 AM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)In order to connect your iPad to your iMac, you have to use the USB cable. BT on the iPad is for supported devices, like a keyboard.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2010 6:43 AM (in response to Carolyn Samit)It did pair. The iMac recognized the iPad and it went through the process and said pairing successful. It just says not connected..iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2010 6:47 AM (in response to karloe)This is exactly how I did it. I put both in discovery mode and they did just what it said it would. The only thing is it says paired but not connected.iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2010 6:52 AM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)As others have said, the bluetooth profiles on the iPad do not support connecting the iPad to an iMac via bluetooth to do anything. What you said happens is what is expected.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2010 7:56 AM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)You cannot connect an iPad to a computer via bluetooth.MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2010 9:14 AM (in response to Tamara)Thank you all. The bottom line is, while you can pair both the iMac and iPad, they will not connect. When I spoke to them, they all said that was a great idea. Who knows, that may be the next big change for Apple. LOL! I'll take credit for it too.iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)
Actually I have found that I was able to pair the iMac with my iPad but I have not been able to use this in any way.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 7:24 PM (in response to DadsInKeyLargo)
My ipad and iMac connect via bluetooth just fine. I just don't know what I can use it to do. On the iPad it says connected and on the iMac it has the green light and it says, "connected."
Any thoughts or ideas on what can be achieved with blue tooth between the devices. It might be redundant with all the airplay, icloud, and autosync features, but you never know what secrets have been baked into the devices.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 9:45 PM (in response to ecinoderm4u)
Any thoughts or ideas on what can be achieved with blue tooth between the devices.
As has already been pointed out in this thread, pretty much nothing. The iPad has BT profiles for headsets, car systems, speakers and keyboards. You can also pair an iPad to an iPhone to share the iPhone's internet connection.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2012 4:01 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
My iMac picks up free internet by the window, my iPad doesn't. I paired them via bluetooth, and was able to get get internet on my iPad by internet sharing with the iMac.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to pagancelt)
Is your iPad jailbroken?
Please post the scfeen shots that show the connection
Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to lllaass)
My iPad isn't house broken, never mind jailbroken. It's a bog standard Gen 2 iPad (no 3g).
The iMac is by the window, where it's able to pick up a free WiFi signal. The iPad doesn't see the WiFi at all, even when I stand by the window with it. The iMac seems to have a better receiver. That's when I decided to see if I could use the iMac to share its internet connection, and after a bit of mucking around it worked via bluetooth.
Hope these images help...
1. iMac SysPrefs 'Bluetooth' tab screen shot
2. iMac SysPrefs 'Sharing' tab screen shot
To check "Bluetooth PAN" checkbox on the right, you have to uncheck "Internet Sharing" on the left first. (Re-check it when you're done)
3. iPad Settings 'General' tab, Bluetooth 'On' (photo)
4. iPad showing iMac connected via bluetooth (photo)
...that's yours truly reflected on screen, w/cam
5. iPad showing web connectivity via bluetooth connection with iMac, no WiFi (photo)