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iOS 4.1 beta includes Bluetooth AVRCP, new parental locks

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Thu July 15, 2010

Should allow for better headsets, dash controls

More features are being discovered in the first iOS 4.1 beta, which was released to developers on Wednesday. In the long term the most important is proper AVRCP support for Bluetooth devices. Until now, headsets, car dashboard systems and other peripherals have been unable to control more than volume for Apple handhelds. Actually controlling playback has required using the iPod app, a potentially serious distraction; with AVRCP however, it should also be possible to skip forward and back through tracks using buttons.

For nervous parents, two new lock options have been implemented. The first of these restricts FaceTime, the video calling technology present on the iPhone 4. Disabling FaceTime removes the option not only from phone calls but the Contacts app; when making a call, the Hold command from iOS 3 returns to its previous place.

The other parental control blocks multiplayer play in Game Center, Apple's upcoming Xbox Live-like service for iOS 4 devices. Beyond consuming bandwidth, multiplayer could theoretically bring kids into contact with dangerous strangers, or simply language that parents might have problems with. Despite the arrival of iOS 4, no definite rollout date for Game Center has been set.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Woohoo! Minimal AVRCP already exists with play/pause (the article only mentions volume) so here's hoping next/previous have finally been implemented as well. If I was feeling particularly greedy, *full* AVRCP implementation allowing track metadata display as well would be awesome. For now, though, I'd be happy just with play/pause/previous/next as it'd make me a happy and safe(r) bunny in the car :)

  1. Looter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wish I could control my iPhone WITH the iPhone t

    I don’t get why I can’t control the iPod app with the iPhone when connected with the dock connector to a car stereo. With my KDC-BT838U trying to control the iPod app by pressing and HOLDING a k*** on the far side of the stereo, is MUCH more dangerous than if I could just use the iPhone to control the iPod app.

    If the bluetooth connection quality didn’t suck so bad, I would use BT audio, which (for now?) does let me use the touch screen. Too bad it can’t charge that way.

    This is the SOLE reason I’m contemplating jailbreaking my iPhone.

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Looter

    You have to set your head unit to iPod by Hand mode. It has nothing to do with the iPhone, but the head unit. Its in the menu somewhere.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Getting really fed up with Apple's ageism in this parental bullshit generation. If Apple continues supporting this nonsense I just may stop buying Apple products.

  1. facebook_Julian

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    "Until now, headsets, car dashboard systems and other peripherals have been unable to control more than volume for Apple handhelds. "
    Nope. AVRCP Play/Pause/Stop has existed since iPhone OS 3.0. They deliberately left out Next/Previous Track controls so that audio docks would not circumvent the dock connector and the royalties that go along with it. Also, they lied about the original iPhone not supporting AVRCP and A2DP due to having "different hardware" (very easily enabled). I always had problems when using it with WiFi (streaming YouTube and listening over A2DP was not feasible).

    I used Music Controls to add AVRCP to my phone. It also solved the problem with my Parrot SK4000 motorcycle helmet BT kit being unable to switch off the BT Audio input when an A2DP stream doesn't respond to the AVRCP Pause command, such as one from Pandora Radio or any non-iPod app.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969




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