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  • Apple TV 6.1 Update Enables AirPlay Device Discovery Over Bluetooth


    According to a recent report, Apple’s latest Apple TV software update enables devices running iOS 7.1 to conduct AirPlay sessions via a Bluetooth connection, doing away with the need for a Bonjour setup. The new functionality supposedly allows Apple TVs running the latest Apple TV 6.1 software to scan for AirPlay-compatible sources over Bluetooth. Before the change, Apple TV relied on Bonjour to find and connect to AirPlay devices.

    It appears that users must also be using the latest iOS 7.1 update to take advantage of the Bluetooth-based identification. As noted in the report, an iPad running iOS 7.1 was able to connect with an Apple TV running 6.1 when connected to the same subnet address, despite the VLAN not being Bonjour enabled.

    Derick Okihara of Apple IT website AFP548, found that a Mac running OS X 10.9.2 couldn’t “see” the Apple TV as a viable source, though he suspects the capability may be included in a future update. This new functionality, which further streamlines the “no setup required” AirPlay protocol is likely a boon for corporate and education system administrators.

    For those of you who didn’t know, the latest Apple TV software was recently released alongside iOS 7.1. At the time, Apple TV 6.1’s headline feature was an easier method for hiding unwanted channels from the set-top streamer’s user interface.

    Have any of you Apple TV owners tried the new feature?

    Source: AFP548 via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple TV 6.1 Update Enables AirPlay Device Discovery Over Bluetooth started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      No thanks..i'll lose my JB.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      No thanks..i'll lose my JB.
      I hope a new exploit is found soon. I really want the 7.1 features but want to stay jailbroken as well.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      I hope a new exploit is found soon. I really want the 7.1 features but want to stay jailbroken as well.
      I seriously doubt it will be, even if they find one they'll probably wait for iOS 8
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      My iPhone & ATV2's are jailbroken also. Not worth losing that.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Weird Apple changes the signing of 6.1.4 to 6.1.4bGM , not sure if it is still 5.3 or no longer being signed. I wouldn't want to restore and risk my jailbreak.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      So... If you have wifi, an Apple TV and an iOS device, then airplay is already happening... I airplay idevices on a daily basis, what's the difference between using Bluetooth or wifif to airplay?
    1. randyg734's Avatar
      randyg734 -
      Wish I could jailbreak apple tv3 but I'm good using my jail broken iphone 5 s with movie box threw air play
    1. DieselVexx's Avatar
      DieselVexx -
      Just maybe the jailbreak community will do something about this. Fingers crossed