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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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iOS 5 to Unlock Bluetooth Capabilities of Apple TV?




Apple's forthcoming iOS 5 contains code that, if activated, would allow users to connect a Bluetooth wireless keyboard to the second-generation Apple TV. The new Apple TV contains a combination Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip, but the Bluetooth functionality is not enabled in its present state.

Broadcom Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip in second-generation Apple TV (Source: iFixit)
As noted by 9 to 5 Mac, the Apple TV iOS 5 beta contains Bluetooth activation strings such as:
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- "Your Apple TV is paired with this %@"
- "The pairing attempt was unsuccessful. Make sure your device is in range of this Apple TV, turn on and 'discoverable.' When ready, click Continue to try again."
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.

But activation of the Apple TV's Bluetooth capabilities could also open the door to a host of other developments on the platform if Apple were to allow third-party apps on the Apple TV. Such possibilities include the ability to use other Bluetooth peripherals such as gaming controllers.

With the Apple TV running on the same iOS code base as the company's mobile devices, app development for the Apple TV should be a relatively straightforward process once design considerations for the lack of direct touch input and other differences in usage are accounted for. Apple CEO Steve Jobs even acknowledged at the time of the Apple TV's debut last September that the company could launch an App Store for the device when the time is right.

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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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I believe this. They did the very same with the 2nd gen iPod Touch.
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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would be nice if apple tv had a safari browser built in. would go nice with a wireless keyboard.
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:28 PM   #4
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a cheap game console?
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:29 PM   #5
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Yes please! YouTube is so impractical without a keyboard.
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:29 PM   #6
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Yes please! YouTube is so impractical without a keyboard.
...if you don't have an iDevice to use as a keyboard.
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... and basic functionality to read/write e-mails.
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:32 PM   #8
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I've been keeping my Apple TV updated with each new beta, and there's something weird about this one (iOS 5 Beta 1 and 2). It makes me think they're going to change the interface and the current UI/app is just a temporary placeholder until September.

Photostream feels tacked on.
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I'd be happy if I could pair my BT headphones with it.
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:34 PM   #10
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And maybe a track pad too?
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:34 PM   #11
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And come to think of it, why should we not be able to load any number of iOS apps on the thing, including a browser?
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Old Jul 12, 2011, 01:36 PM   #12
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So if you bought a new Apple TV it has bluetooth but you can't use it until Apple says so? That's innovation at it's best.
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I'd be happy if I could pair my BT headphones with it.
This!
I would totally buy an Apple TV provided it has such a feature
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would be nice if apple tv had a safari browser built in. would go nice with a wireless keyboard.
Agreed I'm not a fan of the browser from atv flash...
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And come to think of it, why should we not be able to load any number of iOS apps on the thing, including a browser?
There's only 8GB of storage on the current TV, which, among other things, is used for buffering downloads of iTunes rentals. This, and the prospective introduction of 1080p content coming to iTunes leads me to believe that we will see an TV3 launch in the near future with at least 16GB of storage.
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[i]Broadcom Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip in second-generation Apple TV (Source: [url="http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-Teardown/3625"]


.... Apple CEO Steve Jobs even acknowledged at the time of the Apple TV's debut last September that the company could launch an App Store for the device when the time is right.

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So if you bought a new Apple TV it has bluetooth but you can't use it until Apple says so? That's innovation at it's best.
Would you expect anything else from our friends at Infinity Loop?
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What can bluetooth do that wifi can't? Slightly faster screen sharing?
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Exactly. It'd be nice if my Dual Shock 3 worked with it.
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What can bluetooth do that wifi can't? Slightly faster screen sharing?
Connect peripherals without annoying dongles and munch on your battery life like no other
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There's only 8GB of storage on the current TV, which, among other things, is used for buffering downloads of iTunes rentals. This, and the prospective introduction of 1080p content coming to iTunes leads me to believe that we will see an TV3 launch in the near future with at least 16GB of storage.
they "could" use iCloud for apps on demand..
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Magic Trackpad for Safari and simple games like Angry Birds would be even better.

I love playing my iPad 2 on the aTV with iOS 5. I think Apple should release a remote app for games on aTV. That way if you only owned the aTV version, you could still play from your iOS device. It could provide an SDK for devs that could load in the custom UI for controls and provide other feedback such as inventory or in-game map. This has three benefits: eliminate some of the lag of streaming from one device to another (controls can sometimes lag when streaming the whole game over video), provide better battery life for the controller device, and simplify all the separate remote apps into one, provided by Apple, with an SDK.
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a $100 fully functional iOS/ basic computer on an existing piece of hardware? With awesome connectivity to the most popular PC music player/ smartphone/ tablet/ iTouch, access to a wide range of existing application code? FOR $100 DOLLARS!?

I'm sorry, but that would be absolutely genius- we truly are in the Post PC era.
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I'd be happy if I could pair my BT headphones with it.
This is a MUST for me!
Here's hoping!
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Connect peripherals without annoying dongles and munch on your battery life like no other
Yeah I guess the game controls might be interesting, especially for some developers who can't figure out how to do good touch control.
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