IceBT under iOS/macOS?

philip_lambphilip_lamb Christchurch, New ZealandMember Philip Lamb

Are there any plans to port IceBT to the iOS/macOS bluetooth stack? It looks like it's quite heavily tied into the bluez dbus interface, but this also seems reasonably generic... any community contributions anyone is aware of attempting such a port?

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  • benoitbenoit ZeroC Staff Rennes, FranceBenoit FoucherOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Ice ZeroC Staff
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    Hi Philip,

    We don't have immediate plans to port it to macOS or Windows but this is something we will consider if there's commercial demand for it. For iOS, we do support Bluetooth communication already through the iAP transport. This requires to implement the iAP protocol on the peer side (the accessory) and to apply to Apple MFi program.

    Cheers,
    Benoit.

  • benoitbenoit ZeroC Staff Rennes, FranceBenoit FoucherOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Ice ZeroC Staff
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    Hi Philip,

    That's right. For now we don't have immediate plans to implement a Bluetooth LE transport. Such a transport might be doable but it wouldn't perform as well as a transport that is using regular Bluetooth. It could still be interesting to have for some applications.

    Cheers,
    Benoit.

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  • benoitbenoit ZeroC Staff Rennes, FranceAdministrators, ZeroC Staff Benoit FoucherOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Ice ZeroC Staff
    Accepted Answer

    Hi Philip,

    We don't have immediate plans to port it to macOS or Windows but this is something we will consider if there's commercial demand for it. For iOS, we do support Bluetooth communication already through the iAP transport. This requires to implement the iAP protocol on the peer side (the accessory) and to apply to Apple MFi program.

    Cheers,
    Benoit.

  • philip_lambphilip_lamb Christchurch, New ZealandMember Philip Lamb

    I guess an alternative would be an implementation that uses only the BTLE stack... that would certainly make it more portable to iOS.

  • benoitbenoit ZeroC Staff Rennes, FranceAdministrators, ZeroC Staff Benoit FoucherOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Ice ZeroC Staff
    Accepted Answer

    Hi Philip,

    That's right. For now we don't have immediate plans to implement a Bluetooth LE transport. Such a transport might be doable but it wouldn't perform as well as a transport that is using regular Bluetooth. It could still be interesting to have for some applications.

    Cheers,
    Benoit.

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