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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Upcoming Apple TV iOS Update to Unlock Bluetooth Keyboard Support




Last year, it was revealed that Apple may have been working on offering Bluetooth keyboard pairing with the second-generation Apple TV.
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The ability to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV would obviously make for significantly easier text entry, simplifying such tasks as initial setup with iTunes Store accounts and Wi-Fi network passwords as well as day-to-day content searching.
9to5Mac now reports that Apple seems ready to deploy Bluetooth into its Apple TV products, as the latest Apple TV developer beta now allows you to pair a Bluetooth keyboard to a 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV.

Once you connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your Apple TV, you can completely control it without using the included remote or an iOS device. The arrow keys are used for navigation, the return key is used to play or pause and the escape key acts as the "menu" or up "one level" button. And of course, searching becomes easier with a full hardware keyboard.

The update only allows Bluetooth keyboards, so pairing Bluetooth speakers, mice or even Macs will not work. 9to5Mac noted that they were able to pair a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard to the Apple TV succesfully, so the update isn't limited to Apple keyboards.

Although currently limited in functionality to a simple keyboard, it's thought that eventually Apple could open up Bluetooth support to allow a mic-based remote or iOS device to use Siri with Apple TV.

Article Link: Upcoming Apple TV iOS Update to Unlock Bluetooth Keyboard Support
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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I have an Apple wireless keyboard that came with my current iMac that never got used (I purchased an extra wired extended keyboard with it). If this happens, this would be beyond awesome.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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i have an apple wireless keyboard that came with my current imac that never got used (i purchased an extra wired extended keyboard with it). If this happens, this would be beyond awesome.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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Finally....
It would be a welcome update from me!
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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hopefully it also comes with the feature where it actually plays half the stuff I try to watch on Hulu Plus. Two AppleTVs, both of them fail on the same videos.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:08 PM   #7
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hopefully it also comes with the feature where it actually plays half the stuff I try to watch on Hulu Plus. Two AppleTVs, both of them fail on the same videos.
Might not be the Apple TV but Hulu. Would be nice if videos with some kind of contract issue didn't appear or gave you a proper error if that is the case but Hulu isn't really quick on such things
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 07:43 AM   #8
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hopefully it also comes with the feature where it actually plays half the stuff I try to watch on Hulu Plus. Two AppleTVs, both of them fail on the same videos.
Try disconnecting from Ethernet and only use wifi. Mine did the same with that setup for some reason.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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Try disconnecting from Ethernet and only use wifi. Mine did the same with that setup for some reason.
I don't have Ethernet anywhere near my appletvs, so that's not the problem.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 04:45 PM   #10
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So when is this update coming out?
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:10 PM   #11
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Finally!
NO kidding! Been waiting for this for the longest. I like the remote it ships with for basic point/click but having to re-enter my password to get back on my network when switching over from goflex satellite takes forever! with a keyboard I could jump back and forth with ease.

Thanks Apple, release update at will!
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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Time for me to buy an apple tv

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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:24 PM   #13
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Finally; good news. Password and wifi and other services will be much easier. A little dream come true.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:37 PM   #14
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Three keys factors for the Apple TV

If Apple TV is going to be the next big thing for Apple and it seems from the hints that Tim Cook is dropping that this is what they might be focusing on the three crucial factors will be:

1. Content - Apple can't do anything much more than they are doing at the moment until content producers/broadcasters agree on how to split future revenue.

2. Third Party Apps. This could be revolutionary - but the interest in it from the developer community would be huge and Apple's walled garden would keep it safe.

3 Siri on your Apple TV. I think this could become a new way of watching tv. Instead of channel surfing through tedious channels and shows you never watch you simply ask Siri what is on TV that you like and then various shows you like will be presented to you for you to make a choice. Siri will learn your viewing habits so it will become smarter and then all the shows will be tied to information on the internet. You are watching a film then other films with those actors will be suggested.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:15 AM   #15
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This is more than due....I am so sick of using the little gimmick silver remotes that I now use the remote app on my phone or my iPad....I have a BT KB just waiting for this update.
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I have my AppleTV set up to respond to my Comcast remote when it's set to AUX. it's vastly better than the included Apple remote range wise (I can use it from 30' away... My apple remote only works from about 10' away.)

I've never managed to get the iOS app to work...
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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I prefer the iOS app.
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I prefer the iOS app.
Me too. No need to spend an additional $70 for this if you have an iOS device already.
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It was said before, but it bares repeating: finally!

Now I just want that remote...

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Me too. No need to spend an additional $70 for this if you have an iOS device already.
There's also no need to spend an additional $70 if you already own a Bluetooth keyboard.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:49 PM   #20
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About ***** time. Now it won't take me 10 minutes to type in a password or search for something.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 PM   #21
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:07 PM   #22
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There's also no need to spend an additional $70 if you already own a Bluetooth keyboard.
Sorry, I was referring to the Apple aluminum keyboard only.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:45 AM   #23
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Me too. No need to spend an additional $70 for this if you have an iOS device already.
You can get Bluetooth keyboards for $10-$15, you'd have to be a fanboy to pay $70 for the Apple wireless keyboard if it's just to use with your Apple TV.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:42 AM   #25
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It's ok

Anyway i am using ipad or iphone to control apple tv with remote app...
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