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.
Automatic setup for Apple TV, using Bluetooth. pic.twitter.com/qMCI605dWb
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) July 29, 2013
Nat Brown provides some interesting insight on how it works:
@BenedictEvans seriously, cool – sends BT pulse to the AppleTV with accelerometer bump timestamp, iOS device and AppleTV match TS via cloud.
— Nat Brown (@natbro) July 29, 2013
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.
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