Apple, Bluetooth, the iPhone 7, etc.

by David

Bluetooth — and management of bluetooth connections — is still half-assed.

If you’re on your earpiece and get into your car which has bluetooth — boom, your conversation jumps from one connection to the other. If you didn’t want it to do that, bummer — now you have to navigate the panels and move it back. Meanwhile, you’re all “oh, sorry, I didn’t get that, bluetooth jumped”.

If wireless is a front-and-center technology — it needs a front-and-center control panel which you can get to immediately, which lets you say “no, unless this device goes offline completely, leave it where it is”, etc.

Apple likes to push things – to go where the technology isn’t quite ready, sometimes – to help really bring it up to a polished and usable place.

Hopefully, the AirPods will be part of that, but they are not the only problem here. Apple likes to act like folks don’t need controls for things, but sometimes you really do. This is one of those instances, and hopefully they’ll come up with a very impressive solution. But we’ve had bluetooth for *years* now and they haven’t yet.

Not that that’s stopped me from making the transition. I use — almost exclusively now — bluetooth devices with my iPad and iPhone 6.

But it’s annoying as shit sometimes.

I really want a panel which lets me lock in audio¬†streams to specific devices (i.e., unless I actively change it, voice conversations should always go to my Voyager Edge. Music — to the car stereo. Navigation directions — if the Voyager Edge is on, to there. etc. etc.) And I should be able to get to that panel instantly from anywhere without having to navigate to the Prefs/Settings app and digging down through there.