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Next iPhone Could Bring Dual Bluetooth Audio Connection Support

Apple's next iPhone could allow users to connect two pairs of Bluetooth headphones at the same time, claims a report this morning from Japanese tech blog Mac Otakara.


Citing an Asian supply chain source, the blog says the function will be similar to Samsung's Dual Audio Feature, which lets users play music or other audio from their Galaxy phone or tablet to two connected bluetooth devices.

In the same vein, an iPhone user could pair two sets of earphones – AirPods and Powerbeats Pro, for example – and share what they're listening to with a friend.

In another example, Mac Otakara suggests a usage scenario in which an iPhone could be connected to a car as well as wireless headphones, transmitting GPS directions to the in-car audio system and audio to the headphones.

Current iPhones can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices (and multiple speakers via AirPlay 2), but only one Bluetooth audio profile, so the ability to connect to two audio-based BT devices would certainly be a new, welcome addition to the feature set.

Samsung's dual audio feature is an implementation of Bluetooth 5.0 technology, suggesting Apple's function could be of similar origin. If that turned out to be the case, Apple could potentially bring the feature to iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and ‌iPhone XS‌ models via a software update.

When it comes to its original content, Mac Otakara is largely accurate, making it a widely trusted source for Apple product rumors. That said, the site doesn't have a perfect record and does share inaccurate info on occasion.

Apple is expected to debut refreshed iPhones in September 2019. Rumors suggest we'll see 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones equipped with triple lens cameras, along with a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with a dual-lens camera. We don't yet know what Apple will call the new iPhones, but iPhone XI or iPhone 11 are possibilities for the ‌iPhone XS‌ successors.

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25 weeks ago
I thought we would have dual BT headphone support in all BT5.0 Apple devices by now. E.g. from the ATV4, kids sleeping and we wanting to enjoy full audio with wifey - still no go. Or when sharing a large iPad Pro with wifey while flying. Dual BT audio should be fully possible with BT5 already now, no? Only a software development away...
Rating: 14 Votes
25 weeks ago
Apple copying Sony!!!
Original walkman had 2 headphone jacks, thinking people want to listen together, then went on with 1.

Rating: 13 Votes
25 weeks ago
Can we talk about how good MacRumors' renders look, regardless of people saying the phone will be ugly with the triple lens camera.
Rating: 9 Votes
25 weeks ago
If it brought USB C support too, It'd be an insta-buy for me! (Not bloody likely.)
Rating: 8 Votes
25 weeks ago
Long nights at Apple R&D to come up with this high level of innovation
Rating: 8 Votes
25 weeks ago
And why would I play music in my ears and blast navigation directions to the car audio. I would obviously do it the other way around?
Rating: 6 Votes
25 weeks ago

I thought we would have dual BT headphone support in all BT5.0 Apple devices by now. E.g. from the ATV4, kids sleeping and we wanting to enjoy full audio with wifey - still no go. Or when sharing a large iPad Pro with wifey while flying. Dual BT audio should be fully possible with BT5 already now, no? Only a software development away...


All part of the great upgrade roadmap. ie. Spread features out across as many hardware iterations as you can get away with to maximize profit. Gotta keep people wanting to upgrade every cycle.
Rating: 5 Votes
25 weeks ago
This and two new colors for XR are the biggest new "features" so far. Great.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 weeks ago

Here's a crazy thought. Buying something else has more impact than complaining on an internet forum.

Complaining about product faults or deficiencies, reinforced by taking one's business elsewhere, accomplishes two things - you let the company and its customers know the issues at hand, and by example let them know what you are doing about it. How the company or its current customers react is now in their courts - you've done all that you, as a now former customer, can do. My observation is that by complaining about legitimate problems one is having with a product, fellow customers will either react like you and wish the complainer would just be quiet, or they might just possibly use your complaint as a source of information influencing their purchase decision in the future. One of the main reasons I pay attention to forums like this is to gather evidence, both from the company and from its customers, about my future product decisions. For example, there is no way I'm going to plunk down several thousand dollars on the MBP's of the last few years. There have been sufficient complaints about faulty keyboards, faulty displays, expensive repairs, and cooling problems to deter my buying these laptops. The result is that Apple has lost my business with laptops produced since 2016. That alone won't deter Apple in product design and support, but if enough folks do as I have done, perhaps at least some small change might be effected. It comes down to the bottom line, and Apple won't budge until profits decline to a critical threshold. That takes time. I personally am thankful that there are forums like this one, which though focused on Apple products, allow both positive and negative feedback to flourish. For consistent positive commentary, go to forums under Apple's sole control such as "discussions.apple.com", where folks like Jessa Jones have been booted for questioning the company line on repair of iOS devices.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago
Finally. Technically this has been doable on BT for years. It's an obvious usage that people have been doing with wired headphones for decades. I listen to music with my gf every day with headphones and a splitter.
Rating: 2 Votes

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