AirPods & Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ajiuo, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. ajiuo macrumors 65816

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    Apple said that these would work with the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac... but they didn't mention the AppleTV. I wonder why the AppleTV is being left out or if perhaps they just didn't mention it and they will work.

    Has anybody with the Beats Solo 3 tryed this?
     
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    They'll work with any Bluetooth device, which is the mode you'd use them with an AppleTV -- they'll work like a regular set of Bluetooth headphones, but won't take advantage of the new special features -- at least initially. Not sure if they'll change that with a tvOS update, or, make it something that'll only work with an ATV5.
     
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Is that confimed? How do you put them in pairing mode without using Apple's custom BLE extensions?
     
  4. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I doubt that it would be exclusive to the Apple TV 5... they are not exclusive to the iPhone 7.
     
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    AppleTV still didn't get the universal sign on feature either so maybe it will come with that.
     
  6. benjitek, Sep 17, 2016
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    We'll have to wait and see. For now, the AirPods will pair as regular Bluetooth headphones with the ATV4. They don't detect the presence of an ATV4, nor do they store ATV4 configuration and auto-switching settings in iCloud. Fingers crossed they'll at least utilize the same AAC audio format for streaming that compatible iOS and macOS devices do.
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    There's a standard Bluetooth pairing button on the case -- and full Bluetooth compatiblity was announced by Apple, so, yes it's "confirmed".
    Actually, the ATV4 universal login has begun rolling out. It's a feature that requires app developers to implement it. Apple provided the API, now it's developer and service provider dependant...

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  7. Rigby, Sep 17, 2016
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    I didn't know that there is a pairing button. Where exactly is it?

    To be clear, I know that opening the case with the earbuds inside may trigger the pairing process, but it's unclear to me whether this already puts them in pairing mode (which would be unfortunate because it would potentially expose them to access by any nearby Bluetooth device everytime you open the case) or just triggers an exchange over BLE which then causes the iPhone to put them in pairing mode using Apple's proprietary protocol.

    And yes, it is correct that the Airpods use standard Bluetooth for the audio streaming. The only questionmark in my mind is whether they can be paired manually.
     
  8. benjitek, Sep 17, 2016
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    Opening-the-case is for proprietary pairing with a compatible iOS or macOS device. Google is your friend, for example searching on keywords: "AirPod pairing button". The dual-purpose button is also used to perform a full AirPod reset, wiping all existing pairings and settings.
     
  9. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I had actually done that earlier and the first link contained this statement:

    "The AirPods use Bluetooth, so you would think maybe there’d be a way to pair them to an Android phone or an iOS 8 device since those have Bluetooth too, but there’s no button on the AirPods to put them into pairing mode."

    But they have since updated it based on this Tweet, so there appears to be a flush pairing button on the back of the case. Good to know!
     
  10. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Must've been quite a bit earlier, being as the tweet came out on September 8th, and the September 7th MacWorld article was updated the same day the tweet appeared.
     
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    Yeah well, I tried to find out on the day it was announced. Given the ninja edits of your post above, you apparently didn't know the details either. :p
     
  12. benjitek, Sep 17, 2016
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    Since for some odd reason you're checking, I think you'll find 99% of what I post has "ninja edits" -- it's a habit that has nothing to do with the fact that I was aware of something you weren't. At least you know now, and perhaps you've become more familiar with the utility of internet searching -- and how info on newly announced products is frequently updated, something else "good to know!" Learning stuff is fun! :p
     
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    No worries, I'm not stalking you, I just saw your post changing as I was replying to it ... probably because you edited it based on the Twitter link I provided, you Google genius. :D
     
  14. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Not the reason for the edit, as I follow the guy on Twitter and subscribe to the MacWorld RSS feed. As evidenced in my initial post, it was something I was already aware of -- you requested 'proof' as you hadn't yet tried an internet search. Thanks anyway though for stopping by... o_O
     
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    Regarding the Universal Login. I saw this posted before but I do not think anyone has duplicated it. Have you? Not saying it was fake but maybe just early release before Apple is ready and then the removed it quickly. Not sure this is being rolled out as you are suggesting. But I am hopeful.
     
  16. benjitek, Sep 17, 2016
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    Actually, no, I haven't seen this myself as I don't personally have cable. That screenshot was from a Reddit post of someone stating it was their experience with DirectTV. CNET has a recent article mentioning an Apple rep has informed them the feature would be arriving this fall. So... who knows. One thing is for sure: it's coming, and I'll be glad I helped my mom set up her TWC account ;)
     

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