Apple TV is to benefit from a new iOS 6.1 update that is set to introduce Bluetooth keyboard compatibility to the TV streaming system, latest reports have suggested.
According to recent reports, a section of code within the new Apple TV beta has revealed that both second and third-generation Apple TV boxes are to receive full wireless Bluetooth keyboard compatibility with the introduction of iOS 6.1, the first time such features have been made available on the Apple branded set-top service.
Offering an alternative to the slow input process that is associated with the current Apple TV remote, the introduction of Bluetooth keyboard compatibility will enhance the user experience and improve input methods when searching for specific movies, music or video files.
According to 9to5Mac, who discovered the forthcoming update plans, “once connected, you can use a wireless keyboard to completely control the Apple TV without using the included remote.” They added: “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.”
Previously, Apple TV owners not taken by the rudimentary remote that allowed only for directional navigation and click to select functions, were able only to pair an iOS powered device such as an iPhone 5 or iPad mini with the system for improved input. Now, however, it is expected Apple will launch a dedicated keyboard with a selection of third-party peripherals also rumoured to be in development.
Whilst latest reports have suggested it will soon be possible to partner your Apple TV unit with a Bluetooth keyboard, it has been claimed that Bluetooth speakers, a mouse and Mac computers will not be compatible with the upcoming system update.
Apple has yet to confirm the seemingly guaranteed additions to the Apple TV features list with a rollout date for the currently beta software update also still unconfirmed.
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