Upcoming Apple TV iOS Update to Unlock Bluetooth Keyboard Support

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    Last year, it was revealed that Apple may have been working on offering Bluetooth keyboard pairing with the second-generation Apple TV.
    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.

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    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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    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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    It would be a welcome update from me!
     
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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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    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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    About time.. Been able to do this for a while with my jailbroken Apple TV. Very convenient.

    Feels like there's so much potential for the Apple TV but I guess they're moving cautiously.
     
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    Maybe someone can find an bluetooth security exploit and finally jailbreak the atv3
     
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    Meh, I am still waiting for them to update the iPad Remote app so that there is more interfacing. It would be nice to see a lot of feedback on the iPad itself rather than the TV, letting you navigate menus by looking at the iPad instead of the TV.
     
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    Apple TV

    What is the difference between an Apple TV and a Mac Mini?
     
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    No difference.
     
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    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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    This is not the update you're looking for.

    Still waiting for third party apps...
     
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    One streams iTunes content and has netflix and hulu plus streaming. One is a Mac computer. They are completely different products targeted at completely different uses.
     
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    This is what I am waiting for. Until this happens my Xbox will be my TV set top box. I dont have cable and use my Xbox for everything. Apple needs apps before that changes.
     
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    Yes! The one thing I wish I could do on the Remote app is turn AirPlay on. Right now if I'm in my bedroom and i want to listen to music from the AppleTV I have to walk down the hall to the great room and tap option on my iPhone and look at the TV to navigate to "Speakers ..." LAME.
     
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    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...

    There's also no need to spend an additional $70 if you already own a Bluetooth keyboard. :rolleyes:
     
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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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    I find that I frequently have to reset my router in order for the remote app to recognize other devices on my network.
     
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    Does this mean you will be able to use your macbook's keyboard with bluetooth to control the apple tv? obviously my macbook has bluetooth and a keyboard...but i dont have a spare bt keyboard laying around
     
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    Well there are applications for the Mac that allow it to mimic a BT keyboard.
     
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    Sorry, I was referring to the Apple aluminum keyboard only.
     

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