Apple’s recent dedicated media event at the iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco introduced the world to a number of new products. As you’d expect, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have managed to garner the majority of the media and public attention, and rightly so. But let us not forget the powerful new Apple TV that was introduced, bringing with it a renewed focus on mobile gaming and apps for the TV. Now, thanks to a little digging into the new set-top-box, it’s been discovered that the new Bluetooth integration within the box extends beyond what was initially thought.
We already knew that the fourth-generation Apple TV would ship with improved Bluetooth capabilities. That needed to be the case for the device to seamlessly function with the new Apple-designed Siri remote which ships with the little black set-top box.
However, Dom Esposito has discovered that Apple’s improved Bluetooth support with the Apple TV 4 extends to additional devices beyond the remote/gaming controls and keyboards, such as wireless audio equipment like headphones and speakers. This is logical considering the device is partially marketed at those looking to play mobile games in the living room.
The extension of Bluetooth support in the Apple TV 4 brings the product more in line with Amazon’s Fire TV offering which have been serving up this level of extensibility to users since earlier this year. If you’re the nocturnal type, looking to get your hands on the new Apple TV for late night movie marathons or intense collaborative gaming sessions of Crossy Road, then you can rest assured that the audio can be routed to your wireless audio equipment.
If splashing out on expensive headphones isn’t on your agenda, you should know there’s a great little “Night Mode” feature that turns down the playback volume whilst honoring the volume level for speech. We’re sure that there’ll be plenty of other desirable integrations within the Apple TV 4 that will become increasingly apparent when it actually lands in the living rooms across the world starting next month. Until then, exercise some patience and prepare yourselves for Apple’s attempted takeover of the living room entertainment business.
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