Soon, Apple TV users will be able to connect Bluetooth accessories, such as wireless keyboards and perhaps even third-party remotes, to their set-top box. In a recently released beta version of the Apple TV software, Apple has added a new Bluetooth menu that allows users to pair accessories to both the second- and third-generation Apple TV.
The news comes from 9to5Mac, who note:
Once connected, you can use a wireless keyboard to completely control the Apple TV without using the included remote. The arrow keys function for navigation, the Return key is the play/pause, and the Escape key maps to ‘menu’ or up ‘one level’ functionality.
More importantly, searching for content becomes a thousand times easier when you can enter search terms with a hard keyboard.
Previously, it was only possible to pair the Apple TV with the iOS Remote app in order to allow for keyboard entry. Though this new Bluetooth support doesn’t work with speakers, mice or Macs, it’s nevertheless great to see support for wireless keyboards added to the Apple TV. Hopefully, it shouldn’t be long until Apple TV 6.1 becomes available for us all.
Below, we’ve included a video walkthrough that shows how this new feature works. Check it out, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
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