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sleeky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've just got an iPad for Xmas and want to connect it to my 27" iMac via bluetooth. The iMac finds the iPad almost immediately but the iPad won't connect to it and just keeps on searching for devices. Can anyone help me with this please?

27' iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 16Gb iPad Wi-Fi 3G ios 4.2.1
  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7 (21,195 points)
    what are you trying to do ?

    it can't synch over bluetooth
    it can't get internet over bluetooth
    not sure it can do anything with bluetooth apart from using headsets
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (37,175 points)
    There is a very limited set of devices the iPad Bluetooth profile says you can connect with. Primarily earphones and keyboards. The Mac computers are not part of that list.
  • sleeky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, Thanks for the quick reply. I was hoping to be able to bluetooth photos over to the iPad instead of having to mess about transferring them into the itunes folder and then having to sync the iPad with my Mac.
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,960 points)
    You don't have to move anything into iTunes because iTunes accesses your iPhoto library.
  • sleeky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm a photographer and store my photos in Aperture3. Currently I have about 18Gb of photos stored there and no way would I want all of them transferred to the iPad even if I had enough memory to do so. It means that if I can't bluetooth over the photos I want to put on the iPad, I've got to set up a folder to move them into from Aperture3 and then point itunes to that folder. Then I've still got to plug the iPad into the Mac to sync it with itunes unless you know of another way.
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (152,625 points)
    You might want to look at the Photo Transfer app. It says it transfer photo both ways. It is on $1.99.
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,960 points)
    I don't have Aperture. I use LR and PS/CS5. However, iTunes just might access Aperture like it does iPhoto - you select which albums you want transferred to the iPad.

    In my case, I keep all my serious shots as NEF (Nikon RAW) and TIF. I convert selected shots to JPG and store those versions in iPhoto for transfer to the iPad. Yeah, it's a pain in the neck but, so far, I can't figure out a better way. You CAN transfer TIF pics (and maybe even RAW) to the iPad but somehow that just doesn't seem right to me.

    By the way, the iPad does some sort of optimizing conversion when pics are transferred to it. I never investigated but I believe that the file sizes and smaller than what you see on the computer.
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,400 points)
    You can transfer your choice of projects from Aperture to your iPad. Just connect your iPad, click on it's name then click on the Photos tab to the right. You might also want to download the manual as an iBook and read it.
  • mccass Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have the same problem connecting my iPhone or iPad to my iMac (all from Apple).

    I thought i did this in the past, but how embarrassing, that was on a Microsoft Windows notebook.

    So i think that technicaly it is possible but Apple, for some reason, blocks this.

  • pagancelt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was successful in connecting my iPad and 27" iMac via bluetooth for the purpose of internet sharing, so it can be done. I was able to use my iMac's free wifi connection (which the iPad couldn't pick up, as I don't want to stand by the window) to get internet on the iPad. I forget how, unfortunately, which is why I'm back in the forums - my connection went down!

     

    *Edit: Foolish me. My iMac shows up under "Devices" on the iPad Bluetooth pane in General Settings. All I had to do was tap it to revive the connection (since I paired the devices the first time I set up the connection). iPad is now getting internet off iMac again :-)

  • iLadyOK Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)

    thanks for the postings, I am still having trouble connecting the ipad to imac via bluetooth gaaaaahhh

  • scottporter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sleeky, this is exactly what I am trying to do. I can connect my imac 21 inch to my ipad mini via bluetooth but can't do anything over the imac's internet connection. The 2 pair and connect with bluetooth butt I can't see anything on the internet from the ipad. I told the imac to use internet sharing... what am I missing? Thanks

    scott (I know I must update my devices on here )

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,960 points)

    iLadyOK wrote:

     

    thanks for the postings, I am still having trouble connecting the ipad to imac via bluetooth gaaaaahhh

    Of course, you're having trouble.  As explained above, you're attempting to do what can't be done.

  • scottporter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, I should have asked Pagancelt not sleeky as he said above he says he DID it.

     

    I quote:

     

     

    I was successful in connecting my iPad and 27" iMac via bluetooth for the purpose of internet sharing, so it can be done. I was able to use my iMac's free wifi connection (which the iPad couldn't pick up, as I don't want to stand by the window) to get internet on the iPad. I forget how, unfortunately, which is why I'm back in the forums - my connection went down!

     

    *Edit: Foolish me. My iMac shows up under "Devices" on the iPad Bluetooth pane in General Settings. All I had to do was tap it to revive the connection (since I paired the devices the first time I set up the connection). iPad is now getting internet off iMac again :-)

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