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Borno24 Level 1 (0 points)
i was thinking about getting a motorola S9 headset for the iphone 3G. However i need to know if the iphone supports A2DP (stereo bluetooth) or if not what adapter i can get for it that will add A2DP support (preferably the motorola D650)

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iTunes 7.7
  • Paul Judd Level 6 (13,420 points)
    It does not.
  • Nutnbolt Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm thinking of getting the S9 as well but wont' buy it from AT&T. I will order it directly from Motorola due to the fact that it includes the adapter. owAddButton=true&productID=89129N-PCH
  • Squeak22 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are you sure? I thought they added Stereo Bluetooth in the 2.0 release?
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,027 points)
    Iphone does not support A2DP (stereo bluetooth).
  • Slothearn Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, sadly the iPhone has yet to include A2DP functionality. Apple could very easily include A2DP support in a firmware update at any time if they chose to do so. The truth is, OS X didn't even have A2DP capabilities out-of-the-box until the Leopard release. I've encountered the mono sound issue with my Sony DR-BT22 stereo headphones. I have to say it's disappointing how long it has taken Apple to get on the ball with this one. Chances are they're waiting for a way to make us buy something from them to get it working. Until then third-party adapters are the way to go. :-P
  • MichelleWill75 Level 1 (10 points)
    To enable A2DP you can either use a 3.5 mm Bluetooth adapter or a 30pin third-party dongle...There are several on the market including 8Bananas BD-906, Sony, iCombi, IO and Motorola just to name a few..
  • torbee Level 1 (0 points)
    The problem that I have with all those bluetooth A2DP options is that they are thought out primarily for a portable solution: The dongle is attached to the charging side of the phone instead of the headphone plug so it's either chargin or playing...
    I need a home based solution where I can dock my iPhone and link to my bluetooth speakers, just like my wife does with her Blackberry: Walk in, connect to charging unit, select music and play...simple, no?
    Of course Apple could have made it easy and integrate A2DP to their little darling but that would have been giving too much in one go... Who'd need to buy anything else?
  • parrett Level 1 (0 points)
    The lack of serious Bluetooth features is really aggravating... and if these discussion forums are any indicator, then there is a demand for it. Having over the years used Bluetooth syncing as well as Salling Clicker, and Bluephone Elite, and Bluetooth speakers for portability I can't for the life of my understand why Apple won't just put the profiles on the device and allow customers to take full advantage of all that Bluetooth has to offer.
  • J Ventura Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree with you 100% Apples choice to not include A2DP bluetooth support, and I say there choice, is in my opinion just a really bad business decession, just think about all the sales lost, because of this MARKETING FLAW. The iphone as stated by Apple is the most advanced mobile communication device on the planet and yet they did not have the foresite to include the simple feature. Shame on you.

    So my Question is when is Apple going to wake up and listen to the people that they say are the backbone of the company, there loyal customers and give us what we have been asking for?

    M L'Ecuyer
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Terramedic Level 1 (0 points)
    The best you can pull out of your fancy future phone is mono headset capability. There are a number of people chewing off their fingernails for the 2.3 firmware and while the rumors are for copy/paste and ichat(seems kinda late) they might fix this problem that the device has had from day one.

    Alright enough of that,
    So in the mean time if you are super serious about getting bluetooth stereo phones for your iPhone I have seen some people who have found Motorola headphones that come bundled with a little white ipod bluetooth adapter. While this does nothing to solve the issue it would work for you until apple pulls their fingers out of their.... ears.... and adds a common sense function.
  • ChileVerde Level 1 (0 points)
    The truth is this has not been an issue since day one. Apple created the issue after the release of iPhone 3G. I have seen several posts on other forums where users reported using A2DP devices such as the Motorola S9 when the phone first shipped, but after the first couple of firmware updates the A2DP features stopped working. The phone is capable, used to do it, but Apple screwed us. I called support, and they all act like they know nothing about it. "We don't troll those forums." They try to frame the issue as though I was asking about future features (which Apple of course will never discuss), when in fact I was asking about a feature that they disabled. I think we have a right to an answer, unfortunately being right is often not enough.
    I seriously wonder about those of you who are willing to use a dongle. A bluetooth adapter on a bluetooth device? So that's $100 or more for the bluetooth headset, and another $60 for an ugly box sticking out of your sexy new iPhone? Hmmm. I wonder if the people who wrote those posts get their paychecks signed by a man named Steve. Either that or they are desperate to not be the only kids on their blocks without an iPhone.
    I bought my iPhone yesterday. I am returning it today, before it gets scratched. I logged on here one last time hoping for some good news...
  • Chamblis Level 1 (0 points)
    This thing about A2DP is interesting. I didn't know what A2DP was, so I looked it up. It is amazing how many Google hits there are about the topic of A2DP and IPhone, so the idea of listening to wireless stereo must be enticing. As far as I can glean, IPhone does not do it, though there are second party gadgets that you can add on. People point out that adding a bluetooth gadget to a phone that already has BlueTooth is odd.

    Apparently the ability to send bluetooth stereo is based on software mostly, not hardware. Therefore there seems to be a lot of speculation about why A2DP isn't offered on the IPhone. One idea is that it uses a lot of power and drains the battery.Posts by an Electrical Engineer at North Carolina State University ("1000mghzGuru"), who specializes in phone power management, says this is not the issue, and that Windows Mobile phones routinely have A2DP.

    Another speculation about why A2DP is not available is that Apple is waiting for the release of their own wireless stereo earbuds. This is not likely since it represents less that 0.5% of any profit they might make.

    Another suggestion has been that if the IPhone were to send stereo quality music wirelessly, it would be possible for people to listen who did not purchase the digital rights to the music. This is beyond my expertise, but Windows Mobile offers A2DP, so it is an interesting question. Why is Microsoft not worried about DRM.

    In any case, it is more fascinating to me why it is not offered. Is it technical, or financial (digital rights management). I love technology and I wish someone on the forum, who understands more than me, could explain it.
  • M0381U5 Level 1 (0 points)
    To all you apple groupies, the reason the iphone does not include the glorious A2DP, or any of the bluetooth features like my nokia has, is that they want you to be a walking billboard to promote apple for them, like the nike swish or any other commercial product.

    Yes, the iconic white headphone cable is apples way of promoting itself via guess not to actually provide you with the latest in headphone technology. considering it is a music player, why would they offer the latest in cable tangle free technology, of cause they offer the best their is...not.

    you are all being played, have fun!
  • thecell_2007 Level 1 (0 points)
    i'm confused. i use the s9 with my iphone. right now i am having an issue however this is why i was looking here. i used to be able to use the ipod and phone. now i can only use it for the phone. odd. but yes the s9 does work with the iphone.
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