According to a rumor, Apple could add dual Bluetooth audio connection support to its next-generation iPhone. If it turns out to be true, users may soon have more options to listen to music and the like.
Citing an Asian supply chain as its source, Japanese blog Mac Otakara says (via Mac Rumors) that the next iPhone, allegedly called the iPhone 11, will be able to connect simultaneously to two Bluetooth devices.
For example, a song might play simultaneously on a pair of Bluetooth headphones and a speaker. The phone could also connect to wireless headphones and a smart car system, streaming audio to the earphones while sending GPS directions to the sound system of the car.
It should be noted that the current iPhone can already connect to multiple Bluetooth devices, but only one audio profile is supported.
This is not the first time that such a feature has been rolled out to smartphones. Samsung has already introduced a dual audio feature on the Galaxy S8 that allows users to play songs and the like using their phone or tablet on two Bluetooth earphones or speakers. Mac Otakara says the dual Bluetooth audio connection support for the iPhone would work similarly.
What exactly is the iPhone model in question, though it is supposed to be the iPhone 11, is unclear. The Dual Audio feature of Samsung is based on Bluetooth 5.0, which suggests that it would also build on the development of Apple. If true, older phones like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X might get the feature through an update to the software.
For the uninitiated, Mac Otakara is a website that has been shown to be accurate when it comes to Apple rumors, providing plenty of early information in the past. In other words, there is a good chance that there is a feature like this in the works for iPhones. Still, taking this with a grain of salt is recommended.
It is expected that the next-generation iPhones will be unveiled in September 2019 and, according to the rumor mill, there are three models in the cards: 5.8-and 6.5-inch iPhones with OLED displays and three cameras and a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD screen and two cameras, all of which are said to be redesigned antennas.