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iPhone call audio via Dock Connector

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, January 23, 2009
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, Accessories, iPhone

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Q: Your review of the iPhone 3G dock does not address the question of whether it will allow phone call audio to come out through the Dock Connector (ie, for those of us who have the Dock Connector to AV and USB cable).

- Teodoro

A: Actually, the iPhone does not pass phone call audio out via the Dock Connector at all, regardless of the accessory in use. This is not a limitation of the iPhone 3G Dock or other accessories, but rather of the iPhone itself.

This also includes audio from other phone-related services like Visual Voicemail. Basically, any audio that normally plays through the iPhone earpiece will not be redirected through the Dock Connector. This applies even if you are using the iPhone in speakerphone mode—sound will come from the speaker on the bottom of the iPhone and not via the Dock Connector.

Note that the iPhone 3G Dock does include audio vents in the dock itself to pass through audio when used in speakerphone mode. Accessories that integrate with the iPhone for call handling such as the iHome iP47 (iLounge rating: C+) use the Dock Connector to handle non-call audio and a Bluetooth connection for call handling.

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1

I don’t agree.
“Basically, any audio that normally plays through the iPhone earpiece will not be redirected through the Dock Connector”
Have you ever use skype with the iphone 4 connected to the dock?
The audio comes out through the connector. So I think it will be a software limitation by some state.
Don’t say nothing for you can not explain the real causes. Do not generalize when there is an example that does not apply to your explanation.
Think before talking.

Posted by Juan Roca on May 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM (PDT)

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@Juan Roca (#1): This article was written in January 2009, long before Skype or most other iPhone telephony apps were available, and when the iPhone was running “iOS” 2.0. Of course a lot has changed since then in regard to third-party apps; Apple added more flexibility in subsequent iOS versions—such as the ability for third-party developers to actually play audio through the earpiece at all—and it’s now up to individual app developers now to decide which speakers and connectors are used to output audio from their apps.

However, the article refers primarily to audio from the iPhone’s actual Phone app, and in that regard, the behaviour is the same today on the iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.4 as it was on the iPhone 3G running “iOS” 2.2 when this article was written.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on May 17, 2013 at 5:04 AM (PDT)

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