Bluetooth coming to Apple TV 2 with iOS 5

by tomek on July 13, 2011

Mark Gurman and Sonny Dickson at 9to5Mac found that Apple has included hidden bluetooth support in their second-generation Apple TV. Bluetooth support is not present within the current Apple TV OS, but the device does currently ship with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip installed and, according to 9to5Mac, Apple’s next major operating system, iOS 5, will turn on this bluetooth support.

Gurman’s guess is that Apple is positioning this bluetooth support mainly for keyboards (this could mean the company is working on Safari for ATV2) but perhaps this would also make it possible to hook up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (having more controllers would make bringing games and apps to Apple TV simpler).

According to 9to5Mac, users will be able to activate the device’s built-in bluetooth support via the standard settings menu. A standard pairing menu will then appear and users will need to connect with a provided passcode.

Apple is also rumored to launch a faster Apple TV this fall with their dual-core A5 processor and 1080P video playback support.

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  • Griffon Walker

    Should probable be noted that hacked ATV2 already has a working BT stack for Keyboards etc.

    Personal I hope they enable BT stereo support so that we can all turn on some head phones have the sound output redirected without needing to fiddle with the receiver :).

  • I think the bluetooth is alredy being use by the ATV2 when you use remote on the ipad or Iphone right?

  • Problemchild31

    Is this not how AirPlay works??

  • The Plothole

    No. AirPlay streams over WiFi.

  • The Plothole

    Safari needs a decent mouse substitute more than a keyboard IMO. Trying to control a navigate web pages a five-way digital pad is a pain to say the least.

    A better application for a keyboard would be iMessage.

  • I’ve updated the ATV2 to  5.0.  I see no sign of bluetooth on the unit.

  • Frank Lazar

     No, that’s just infrared.

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