Apple TV to see Bluetooth support, courtesy of iOS update

By , Dec 8, 2012

The Apple TV may just be a hobby (or is it?) but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still receiving some new features as new versions of iOS are released. The latest beta release of iOS for the Apple TV is a prime example of Apple’s intent to push the device forward, and one particular new feature is one we’ve been begging for.

If you’ve ever sat and entered a long iTunes or Wi-FI password using the Apple TV’s remote control, then you’ll probably have asked why the little black box doesn’t support Bluetooth keyboards. Nobody really understood the decision but, thankfully, it appears that it’s all about to change.

That’s right folks, the current iOS beta endows the Apple TV with support for Bluetooth keyboards! Finally…

Pairing a keyboard with an Apple TV post-update lets users enter passwords and search for content just as they might expect. Pressing the return key acts as a play/pause button and the escape key brings up the menu. Other than that, everything works just as you would expect it to.

From what we’re hearing, pairing devices like phones, tablets, speakers and computers is still a no-no, but we’ll take keyboards for a start right now!

Perhaps most interesting though is what this could mean for third-party hardware makers. Imagine Griffin or Logitech making a new, improved remote control that works over the new Bluetooth connection. Anything has to be better than Apple’s own remote, that’s for sure!

Let’s hope this new feature doesn’t go missing before the public release!

[9to5Mac]

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  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Really? It’s been that limited all these years without a jailbreak? Oh well, we all know it’s normal in the official Apple ecosystem

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Hazlett/100000399685156 John Hazlett

    Not sure why this is news. I’m certain no one uses the Apple tv remote but instead use the Remote app. It gives that keyboard functionality on any idevice.

    • Lordthree

      Logitech universal remotes handle everything.

    • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kas

      What about for the people you don’t own an iDevice? Or the fact that the Apple remote app doesn’t cover XBMC. That’s why it’s news.

      • Falk M.

        XBMC controller apps exist on the App Store, but I agree, not everyone has an iDevice.

        To say it’s not needed is quite snobby, that’s not to say that some might just prefer a keyboard, too.

  • f1ght3r

    So the Apple TV has a Bluetooth chip already built in?