How to connect your iPad/iPhone to Bluetooth speakers
Are you still using a dock to connect to your home audio with an iPhone or iPad? You don't have to. Using Bluetooth audio without wires is easier than you think.
I own both an
Well, let me try to convince you now: using Bluetooth as a wireless way to enjoy audio is both easy and fun. And it can free your iPhone up in very useful ways when you're around the home or office.
What do you need? A Bluetooth speaker system or home audio component, to start. We used Creative Labs'
Of course, you can set up many other devices and smartphones via A2DP, including BlackBerrys, Android phones and the Palm Pre, as well as on laptops--but we'll be focusing on the iPad and iPhone here.
There's more good news, in case you didn't realize: Bluetooth audio works not only on music, of course, but on streaming video, games, and virtual-instrument apps, with a few exceptions (Magic Piano didn't work for us).
While iOS 4 has been linked to some Bluetooth troubles, we got our iPhone 3GS with iOS 4 to work without a hitch. The great advantage on iOS4 and Bluetooth is background audio streaming--you can set up Pandora or Internet radio, stream in the background through your speakers, and then go back to using your iPhone for everyday tasks, all while the music keeps playing over Bluetooth. This does drain your battery faster, however, so take care if you have somewhere to go later on.