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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence iOS devices
Every iPhone review I've read (and I've read a lot) has stated in no uncertain terms that Bluetooth only works with Apple's hands free headset. But after reading this tutorial, I decided to see what I could find. It turns out that Proximity can find, and lose, my iPhone.

I've only tried triggering a few simple AppleScripts, but it has potential. I've noticed that the iPhone never stops searching for devices (well, the spinner in Bluetooth settings never stops), and this may seriously reduce battery life, but I've gotten inconsistent results at best. Running scripts is nowhere near as useful as a true wireless sync, but it's a step in the right direction.

[robg adds: The linked blog entry contains some pretty useful scripts to run with Proximity.]
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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: surrealx on Jul 18, '07 08:05:21AM

The iPhone works great (actually even better than my Palm Treo 650 did) with my original Palm Treo BT headset.

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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: jaysmc2 on Jul 18, '07 08:50:15AM

My iPhone works great with my Motorola BT headset. All the reviews I've read that mention bluetooth on the iPhone say that it works great with other brands too. Hopefully a future software update will add profiles for stereo headsets, syncing, and modem use.

Great tip though. I hadn't even tried to pair my iPhone with my computer.



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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: Roquentin on Jul 18, '07 10:12:29AM

The iPhone will work with all standard Bluetooth headsets, not just Apple's. The Apple Store even sells a number of third-party headsets for use with the iPhone.



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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: kiltbear on Jul 18, '07 05:50:20PM

My guess is that the iPhone is only discoverable and hunting when you are viewing the BT preferences panel... otherwise, I'm guessing/hoping it stops hunting and is no longer discoverable when you leave preferences.



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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: milkmage on Jul 18, '07 08:02:20PM

ONLY works with Apple's BT headset?
hmmmm....
mine works perfectly with my Motorola HS850



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Use Proximity to detect an iPhone's presence
Authored by: randommaccess on Jul 23, '07 09:39:42AM

I've never seen anything that says "in no uncertain terms" will iPhone work only with Apple's Bluetooth headset. On the other hand, it definitely will not work with all standard headsets, either. I've seen reports of widely varying levels of success with third-party headsets. My venerable old Jabra, for example, will pair with iPhone, but not communicate with it otherwise. Other friends have had much better luck. This is a definite case of caveat emptor -- I'd only buy sets that Apple has certified to work with iPhone (and I don't think they've done that with any yet), or those that reliable reports say they've successfully tested.



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