Apple to Add Bluetooth Support to OS X
Apple Computer has announced that next month it will release software that will allow computers running OS X to use Bluetooth. This software will be free and the company is offering the D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter for $50. This will work on any USB-equipped Mac running Mac OS X v.10.1.3.
The Bluetooth software will be included in Technology Preview 1, which Apple will release in April.
It has been designed to work with Palm OS handhelds with Bluetooth adapters, Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and peripherals, and can also connect to other computers with Bluetooth adapters.
It will be able to automatically discover other Bluetooth-enabled devices within its range. Connecting is as easy as selecting the desired Bluetooth-enabled device that appears in the list and clicking the "Pair" button.
Steve Jobs demonstrated a Sony handheld HotSyncing with a Mac via Bluetooth at MacWorld Tokyo today.
Details of what functions the software and Bluetooth adapter will enable are sketchy. The fact that it can connect to a mobile phone certainly implies that it will allow the computer to access the Web using the phone as a modem. It is not yet clear whether a Palm connected to it will likewise be able to access the Web or if the adapter will only allow HotSyncing.
Palm inc. recently began selling a Bluetooth wireless-networking SD card from the PalmStore. It costs $130. Sony has announced that it will release a Bluetooth Memory Stick adapter in Japan this month. It is not yet known if it will be available in other countries.
Thanks to Don Reith for the tip. -Ed
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