Apple Unlocks Bluetooth in iPod Touch 2G

March 17, 2009 Hardware — luke

Today, Apple announced the forthcoming release of iPhone OS 3.0. After almost two years, we’re now finally able to cut, copy, and paste! What took so long?

Although the new OS runs on existing iPhone and iPod Touch hardware, the new OS unlocks a hardware feature we’ve known about for six months. With OS 3.0, Bluetooth is now available on the iPod Touch 2nd Generation. We found a hidden Bluetooth chip inside the Touch when took it apart last September. However, at that time, Apple refused to confirm that the iPod Touch included Bluetooth, and provided no software means to utilize the Bluetooth chip.

Unfortunately for owners of the iPod Touch 2nd Generation, you still can’t take advantage of your internal Bluetooth chip quite yet. Apple says that OS 3.0 will be a $9.95 upgrade and available “this summer.”

The newly-useful Bluetooth chip in the iPod Touch 2nd Generation

The newly-useful Bluetooth chip in the iPod Touch 2nd Generation

4 Comments

  1. Sounds like a deal.

    Comment by Neil Anderson — March 18, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  2. Sounds to me like a charging for a driver when the hardware has already been purchased.

    Comment by Jeremy K — March 18, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

  3. Sounds like my friend is right,they are charging you for the driver when the hardwear has already been b rought.

    Comment by rosario1649 — April 4, 2009 @ 4:12 am

  4. They did the same thing with 802.11n, though that was a little cheaper. $9.99 doesn’t sound bad at all, if it lets me do more than just use a bluetooth headset. If I can sync with my MacBook and transfer files quickly and easily, I’m okay with the small fee.

    Comment by Graham Hicks — April 7, 2009 @ 9:58 pm


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