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Kilamite
Jul 29, 2010, 04:26 PM
Unfortunately, my Apple TV is on the operating theatre awaiting a new hard drive, so I can't try this out.

But, just wondering, if you pair your Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone, then run the Remote application, are you able to use it to type/navigate the Apple TV?



jabbawok
Jul 29, 2010, 09:04 PM
The bluetooth stack/kexts is probably not included in the apple tv OS but a regular chordless desktop should do the business on a hacked ATV.

rotarypower101
Jul 30, 2010, 12:22 AM
I dont think that was the question.

With iOS4 the iPhone can now “pair” a BT device such as a BT keyboard

I think the question is asking when a BT keyboard is paired with the iPhone, can it be used in conjunction with the “Remote” app supplied by Apple to control the TV through the wifi connection.

I will be surprised if this will ”just work” but it would be cool if the compounded layers these devices use to control different layers are compatible.

To me this would be a great benchmark to find out if they really do have there backend built up correctly to enable functionality compatibility throughout their growing ecosystem.

Good question, I hope someone tries this and posts a response.

rotarypower101
Jul 30, 2010, 12:58 AM
OK this one had me intrigued...so I ran out to the “guest room” where our macmini resides with its sleek BT keyboard grabbed it, ran back inside and paired it with my shinny new i4, then shooed the kids watching “old Conan O’Brien Late Night” away for my nerdy compulsion to see if this would work on my most/only loathed apple device, the TV....


To my surprise ....it worked flawlessly, and the TV didn't crash in the process, which if I am to be honest was a even larger surprise than the compatibility of a BT keyboard connecting to a phone inputting keystrokes that are being passes through wifi to a router and bounce off said router through cat6 and up to a little conundrum of a box, apples little red headed step child, the TV.

I didn't spend long but the keyboard appears to work through the remote app connecting with my computer, and through apple TVs youtube app wonderfully. No lag or stuttering from my short test.

Nice to see a example of a solid foundation for the company that is presumably going to start making a big push into the consumer electronics devices market.