Apple seeded a new Apple TV beta to registered developers on Monday, and there were a couple of new features that the Cupertino company did not mention in its release notes. One of those features is a new, one-tap setup option for those with iOS devices, and the other is the ability to purchase music from the iTunes Store.
When setting up an Apple TV with the latest beta installed, users have the option to connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7 via Bluetooth. The Apple TV can then pull information like Wi-Fi settings and your Apple ID from your iOS device and save you from entering it all manually.
The feature, which was first spotted by Benedict Evans on Twitter, is compatible with the latest iOS devices, while the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 won’t work. Presumably this is because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy, which isn’t supported on those devices.
In addition to this, the new Apple TV software adds the ability to purchase music from the iTunes Store. Users have always been able to listen to music they’ve already purchased, and stream tracks from their Mac or iOS devices. But this is the first time Apple has given us the ability to buy new music via the Apple TV.
- Via The Verge