With the latest release of iOS 5 Beta 3, developers have found some interesting code in the Apple TV Build that enables the unit’s Bluetooth Chipset. The Apple TV has always had Bluetooth functionality, it was just never “turned on” by Apple. But it looks like that is about to change. Apple is gearing the Bluetooth functionality towards Keyboards, but we may see it function with iOS devices as well as other peripherals.
With this latest finding, many rumors are spreading throughout the community that Apple is ramping up support for Apps on the Apple TV. Whether they are built in apps, such as Safari, Mail, etc or if they come from the App Store, it is likely that we will see something from them in this regard. Several competitors have their internet TV’s and boxes, so it would be a smart move of Apple to make to give it more functionality. It is also rumored that Apple is releasing a new version of the Apple TV this fall that will include their A5 Processor (found in the iPad 2) as well as support for 1080p graphics.
We would very much like to see Apple move forward with the Apple TV and bring it to life with Apps and more internet support. I know I would love to browse the web on my Apple TV and the big screen, and even play Angry Birds while I’m at it.