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mgshort Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have the iPhone5 and I am trying to pair it with my macbookpro model 3,1.  The computer reports the devices paired but the phone reports that the macbook device is not supported.  When I try to browse the phone from the computer then I get system not supported message.  I know my macbook is a bit long in the tooth but I am running OS 10.8.2 without issues.  Any suggestions?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • copdawg812 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same issue but have a new MacBook Pro with Retina display and Mac OSX 10.8.2 - so I don't think it's your phone. I get the same message saying it wasn't supported. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Bropark08 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too am having this exact problem with my new iPhone 5 and my MacBook Pro running 10.8.2 (March '11 model). They pair with each other but the iPhone always displays "Device not supported" then erases the pairing from the MacBook. It is confusing how 2 fairly new Apple products are unable to communicate through Bluetooth.

  • New York Biker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got the Iphone 5.  As I am testing a Bluetooth intercom system (Motorcycle Helmet) for Sena, I originally had my Iphone 4 paired to it.  It was incredible!!!  Since pairing the Iphone 5, I couldn't make phone calls with Siri on.  Also, the voice recogintion is REALLY bad.  With the 4, I had no problem going through the list of options and was amazed when I sad "Play List - Fall2012 - and it started playing.  With the 5, I get what I kind of expected with the 4, Cannot find Playlist - Call2012.  Grrr  We've tested it with other phones using the android operating system, as well as other iphone 4's and 5's.  The only phone that has a problem is the 5.  Maybe it has to do with the Sena being a Bluetooth 3.0 and the iphone 5 being a bluetooth 4.0?  Whatever it is, its not good.  So far, I'm thinking "upgrading" was probably not worth the price.

  • sdposton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello everyone, I too was having the same issue pairing my Iphone 5 with my Lexus,  I did find a button on the touch screen of the car that returned the Bluetooth to the "Default State"   as soon as I did it paired up and worked perfectly.  BTW, I had already deleted the previous Iphone, there must have been residual code in ther or something. I hope this helps you.

  • digitalroberto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same issue with my iPhone 5 and rMBP. Any solutions yet?

  • Saracen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have recently bought an iphone 5 but I cannot pair it to my ipad or the other iphones in my house. Any ideas would be welcome

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,990 points)

    Supported Bluetooth profiles


    If it's not on that list, it simply will not work.

  • jmmj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too am having this problem

    latest mac book with retina  and iphone 5 both with latest software

    just switched to apple from pc and this reminds me of a pc windows crap already

    so much for it just works

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,990 points)

    Actually, it does "just work".

    What specifically are you trying to do in regards to the iPhone and the Mac with Bluetooth?  Syncing via Bluetooth or file transfer is not supported and never has been with the iPhone.

  • jmmj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    what i am trying to do is get the iphone to connect via blutooth to the mac

    i am not trying to sync it or file transfer it

    just connect it

    it finds it

    i enter the info and it pairs it and then on the iphone 5 screen it says that the macbook pro is unsupporrted

    maybe there is no reason to actually connect them but surely they should connect

    i got the magic mouse  connected no probs

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,990 points)

    The only thing the iPhone can connect to a computer for via Bluetooth is tethering, meaning sharing the phone's Internet connection with the computer.


    There is no reason to pair the iPhone with the computer otherwise.

  • boombeli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Are you for real?! There are any number of reasons why people would want to be able to connect their phone to their computer via bluetooth. Here are just a few examples:


    • File transfers
    • Phone backups (Pictures / data / settings etc)
    • Contact transfers
    • iTunes / Music sync
    • etc.


    Android and Blackberry phones have been able to do all this for years, so why Apple can't seem to manage it is a bit embarrasing, if you asked me!

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,990 points)

    Well, no one asked you.

    This is the way iOS has been since 2007.  It has not impacted the acceptance of the iPhone since it's introduction.


    If those features are something you find necessary in your device, then choose a device and an OS that supports them. 

  • boombeli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I see someone write something as completely moronic as "There is no reason to pair the iPhone with the computer otherwise.", I feel compelled to comment just to set the record straight. If proper Bluetooth functionality is not something that you require, then fine. However, don't go making ridiculous sweeping statements assuming that no-one else would ever want this ability.


    Perhaps you are one of the people who will also continue to use Apple's Map app instead of Google's app. Because there really is no reason to know the correct location of places, now is there? (Just in case you didn't get it, I was being sarcastic )


    By the way, I did choose a different device for my personal phone. I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 for myself which is an absolutely fantastic phone - easily the best phone I have ever owned (and believe me, i've owned a fair few). And yes, it does support all of the aforementioned Bluetooth features.


    Unfortunately, I was given the iPhone5 by my company, and have had no end of problems with it . Hence why I seem to spend a lot of time on these support forums.

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