iOS 7 to make it easier to pair iPhone with Apple TV using NFC-like Bluetooth setup

We’re quite sure many of you prefer to use your iOS devices as the default remote for your Apple TV.

It looks like Apple is working on a solution that will make it even easier to pair your iOS devices (Remote app) with Apple TV using Bluetooth in iOS 7.

AppleInsider points us to a tweet by Benedict Evans, which reveals that users will be able pair an iOS 7 device to an Apple TV by simply tapping on it using Bluetooth.

Nat Brown provides some interesting insight on how it works:

Currently, users have to connect the iOS device and the Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network and use the infrared remote that ships with the Apple TV to navigate through onscreen menu to pair them.

The ability to connect to Apple TV using your iOS device over Bluetooth would make it extremely convenient. Unfortunately, as you can see in the photo that the feature won’t be available to iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users, which suggests that the feature depends on Bluetooth 4.0, which is not available on these devices. Apple started adding support for Bluetooth 4.0 in iOS devices with the launch of the iPad 3.

AppleInsider also speculates that Apple could be testing this Bluetooth based system to pair with devices as an alternative to NFC.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[Via AppleInsider]

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  • Macmaniman

    sounds great! blutooth is a must have chip on a phone, with this you can leave NFC out!

  • Nadibee

    Not ideal when you have an IPad 2 and only recently bought an Apple TV system.. So basically either upgrade to a new IPad or not use the Apple TV?

  • Benson

    Yes not the best if iPad 2 doesn’t have an upgrade to utilise the Bluetooth facility as I too have just purchased an Apple TV. Pairing with Apple TV would be fantastic and unlike iPhone where you have option of upgrading one doesn’t through their iPad on for the next. Apple you need to take care of your customers!