Apple TV + iPhone Remote App + Bluetooth Keyboard

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Kilamite, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    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?
  2. macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2004
    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.
  3. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    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.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    OK this one had me 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 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.

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