Apple is constantly introducing new features via OTA (Over The Air) iOS/iPadOS upgrades for iPhones and iPads. The latest version 14.4 update brings an option to select the correct category of a Bluetooth device. It’s the first time Apple has introduced a specific classification for connected or known Bluetooth devices.
iPhone/iPad users can choose from one of the five options: Car Stereo, Headphone, Hearing Aid, Speaker, and Other. I am sure you must be wondering, why do we need to specify and categorise BT devices?
When you specify a device to its correct category, Apple says iOS/iPadOS can send appropriate notifications to say your Car Stereo system and maintain optimal audio levels on connected devices. For instance, you won’t hear audio that’s too loud while wearing headphones or too low while connected to an external speaker.
While iOS can automatically identify Apple’s inherent Bluetooth devices like the AirPods, including the Pro and Max models. iOS can determine some car stereo devices automatically, but it’s best to check the appropriate category for your connected/known devices.
Classifying a device is simple and doesn’t take long, similar to all functionalities of iOS. Go through the following steps:
- Launch Settings
- Select Bluetooth
- Tap the (i) icon next to the name of your device
- Tap Device Type
- Select the correct option from one of the five options
Enjoy your new-found iPhone/iPad feature. Don’t forget to boast about it to your friends. Also, let us know if you found any difference post categorising your Bluetooth device in the comments below, or we would be happy to hear from you on our Facebook page, Instagram account or Twitter handle.