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Apple to bring Bluetooth to Apple TV with iOS 5. App support coming, too?

Apple TV's diminutive remote may be stylish, but it doesn't make it easy to search for movies to watch. But some sleuthing into iOS 5's code has revealed that such pecking could become less necessary, as it appears that support for Bluetooth devices is coming to the Apple TV with the latest update to its software.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor on

Apple TV's diminutive remote may be stylish, but it doesn't make it easy to search for movies to watch. But some sleuthing into iOS 5's code has revealed that such pecking could become less necessary, as it appears that support for Bluetooth devices is coming to the Apple TV with the latest update to its software.

According to 9to5Mac, the code specifically refers to pairing the Apple Wireless Keyboard to Apple TV via Bluetooth. Not only would this be a boon to those of us (cough, cough) who don't revel in using Netflix with the current remote, but it also could mean support for other Bluetooth peripherals.

And then it doesn't take much of a stretch to surmise that support for Bluetooth controllers would make it easier to run apps on Apple TV. App support has been long rumored for the media streamer, but this could finally be a sign that Apple is ready to deliver. Pair a Bluetooth game controller with the Apple TV, and you have a makeshift gaming console that generally could beat the iPhone/iPad gaming experience and provide some competition to Nintendo and Sony.

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