iOS 5 Feature: Ability To Send Artist, Album And Track Name To Bluetooth Audio Devices

iOS 5

When Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011 Keynote event earlier this week, it showcased only 10 major features such as revamped notification system, iMessage, PC Free etc. out of more than 200 features.

The fun part is to discover features that Apple didn’t mention. It looks like 9 to 5 Mac has discovered one of those new features.

9to5Mac reports that iOS 5 supports Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 or 1.4, a Bluetooth standard that gives iOS devices the ability to send metadata information on the track such as artist, album and track name to Bluetooth audio devices.

Jordan Golson of MacRumors writes:

iOS has been stuck at AVRCP 1.0 for nearly a year, and though the iPhone allowed control of the some music playback (back, next, play/pause, and volume up/down), the device wouldn’t pass on information about what song was currently playing. In iOS 5, that all changes.

A minor but a useful feature, if you connect your iOS device to your car’s stereo via Bluetooth.

Checkout the video that demonstrate the improved Bluetooth capabilities of iOS 5 and let us know what you think in the comments:

[9to5Mac via MacRumors]

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  • Ohyouknow

    Another unsung feature that I haven’t seen others mention is that within the camera app, if you swipe to the left, it takes you to your album. Kind of cool.

    • Aaron

      Yeah, I figured that one out too, use it all the time, same with the launching the camera app from the lock screen. It seems to run faster that way too.

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    Fantastic feature, now Android will have real competition.

  • Bandrax

    Does it mean that it would also transfer my iphone contacts to my car handsfree Bluetooth?

    I know my car has internal contact list currently it doesnt get updated when i connect my iphone.

    it would be interesting to see if contacts are also considered as metadata!

    • Ryan

      AVRCP has nothing to do with contact information.
      PBAP or Phonebook Access Profile is what iOS uses to transer contacts to a car kit. Question is whether the car kit supports or works with iOS.

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