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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mattopotamus, Sep 12, 2015.
is that for connecting your MacBook directly to the ATV? If not, what is it used for?
The specs say it's for "service and support", so it'll probably be the same as the mini-USB port on the older ATV. You can e.g. use it to restore the firmware if the device is bricked and cannot connect to the network anymore.
It would be nice if they opened it up though, e.g. for USB keyboards which would make typing long Wifi passphrases much easier when setting it up.
Unfortunately, service only... such as if the box seems bricked, one can hook it up to their computer and restore with iTunes and probably bring it back to life.
Too bad it (apparently) isn't a normalized USB port. That would open this up to third party hardware attachments that could work with third party apps. For example, Elgato DVR app could leverage an Elgato over-the-air tuner... or those desiring to make this double as a disk player could add on a disk player (hardware) and leverage a disc player app. And so on. Most popularly, those wanting to expand local storage by attaching a hard drive(s) would have an easy way to do that too.
Tech page says "USB‑C for service and support"
Hard to say what that might offer!
Charging for the Siri remote, for a start...
I wish you could plug a hard drive into it and play local content.
I suppose no chance that it would support a signal to a display port (akin to the Macbook retina 12 inch)? That would be intriguing...
Yeah, that is what I was thinking initially, but it does not sound like it. Or just straight up connecting my macbook to the ATV.
Well that is the beauty of joining the apple ecosystem. You can use your iPhone to set up the device's wifi by just placing your phone on it.
Yes, but after the initial setup you cannot update it that way when you change your Wifi passphrase. I use a 30-character passphrase (since WPA2 is susceptible to offline dictionary attacks) and change it about once a year, and it's a royal pain to update it on my 3 Apple TVs.
Seems like more we don't know ....
For Service & support, a mini usb, I think , would be a low cost option.
I think there is more to than simple service & support.
Use a Bluetooth keyboard or the remote app on a iDevice.
Just for DFU restore if the AppleTV gets bricked on a firmware update.
The remote app works over the network, which is obviously not connected if you haven't set the right Wifi passphrase yet on the Apple TV. I don't have a Bluetooth keyboard, but that sounds like a good idea.
the usb C port is probably also used to side load dev apps and interface with xcode
Make sure Bluetooth is switch on your iPhone or iPad. Just tap your iPhone against the Apple TV when setting it up. Automatically connects to wi-fi and iCloud, sharing your login credentials.
Uh, I thought the latest OS on the Apple TV allowed an iOS device to pair with it via Bluetooth le??
You can only use Bluetooth for the initial setup. The Remote app requires Wifi connectivity (it's integrated with Homesharing).
Wha? That's obviously wrong. My bt keyboard works just fine with atv
Read again. The posting was not referring to a keyboard, but iOS devices.
Oh my bad you mean the iPhone's Bluetooth as a keyboard
just change the passphrase on your aTV before you do the router
I use the Apple TV app to type on my Apple TV from my iPhone iPad!!! Better than buying another keyboard or what not