iOS 5 May Add Bluetooth Support To Apple TV 2G

Apple TV 2G

Folks at 9 to 5 Mac report that they have discovered references in iOS 5 beta, which indicate that Apple could add Bluetooth support to Apple TV 2G that was launched last year.

Apple TV 2G comes with a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, but the Bluetooth functionality is not enabled currently.

9 to 5 Mac reports:

Apple is positioning this bluetooth support mainly for keyboards, but perhaps the bluetooth Apple TV will be able to connect to bluetooth iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.

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. Pretty standard stuff as far as bluetooth device setups go.

The ability to pair Bluetooth devices such as keyboard to Apple TV 2G would make it more convenient for data entry operations on Apple TV. But as MacRumors points out that it could open up even more interesting possibilities if Apple launches the App Store for the iOS device:

But activation of the Apple TV’s Bluetooth capabilities could also open the door to a host of other developments on the platform if Apple were to allow third-party apps on the Apple TV. Such possibilities include the ability to use other Bluetooth peripherals such as gaming controllers.

It won’t be very surprising as back in September 2010, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs had stated in an interview that “when the time is right, Apple could open an App Store for the TV“.

Last year, we’ve have also come across a Linkedin profile that described the position of an intern at Apple as an “Apple TV Apps Engineer”, which suggested that third-party apps for Apple TV are imminent (unless its for the pre-installed apps).


Reader Charlie points out in the comments that one of the most obvious use of the Bluetooth feature would be to pair it with Bluetooth headsets. Thanks Charlie you are spot on, that would indeed be very useful.

What do you think about the possibility of Bluetooth support coming to Apple TV 2G? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Charlie

    I see the potential of other Bluetooth devices (ie controllers), but that is premature wishing until Apple TV 2G gets an app store, of course someone could be mirror a game from ipad 2 and control from another device, which i think is rather cumbersome, and probably not apples plans.

    Apples plans must be to use Bluetooth for external controllers for games and keyboards for internet browsing and social networking.

    But It’s strange to me that nobody has mentioned the obvious and immediate feature for bluetooth… Duh watching TV with a wireless headset. (My wife would love that feature.)

    • That’s true, we’ve updated the post to mention it.

  • Grime

    My sentiments exactly reguarding the bluetooth headset omission. Guess we’re so used to apple’s history of innovation, we tend to lose sight of the obvious applications. Come to think of it, since the hardware’s already in place, why haven’t they implemented this feature already, its not like its going to be ground breaking its only standard bluetooth. More of a standard feature than and extra.

  • fas

    Can we install games on Apple TV? And use bluetooth for multiplayer?

    • -X-

      No…simply because Apple TV doesn’t have sufficient built in memory. And even with an external HD, I doubt it has enough processing power to run good games. If gaming is your concern, get a MacMini.