Apple iOS Support
Bluetooth Modules That Simply Work
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Devices
Roving Networks Bluetooth APL modules natively support iAP (iPod Accessory Protocol) data connections and directly manage authentication, reducing engineering effort and cost, and simplifying accessory product design.
Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone freely connect with Bluetooth hands-free and headset accessories. However, establishing Bluetooth data connections with Apple devices requires a unique discovery/pairing sequence and negotiation with the Apple authentication co-processor.
- High-end host microcontroller
- Adds complexity to firmware and hardware design
- Longer development cycles and learning curves
- Increases power consumption
- Difficult to port code across microcontroller platforms
- Low-cost host microcontroller
- Simple host interface
- iAP transparent to user
- Developers focus on their design, not iAP protocols
- Same interface for other smart phones and computing platforms
Developing Bluetooth Enabled iPhone, iPad and iPod Accessories
All products designed to connect to iPhone's, iPod's and iPad's including those that incorporate the Roving Bluetooth APL module must be registered and approved with Apple's Made for iPod (MFi) program.
Developers of such products should visit Apple's developer portal at: http://developer.apple.com/ipod/
With MFi membership, engineers can purchase the evaluation kit* which includes detailed documentation and support.
*Note: The evaluation kit contain a software source code licence, as such the kit cannot be returned once purchased.