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Apple TV May Gain Deeper Integration With iOS and Macs via Continuity

Developers who have installed the newest iOS 8 beta, the latest version of OS X Yosemite, and the current Apple TV beta, all released yesterday, have noticed a new pop up notification suggesting the Apple TV will gain some of the Continuity features Apple introduced during its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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As noted by 9to5Mac, the notifications are being received on Macs running on the same local WiFi network as Apple TVs that also have the newest software, suggesting at the least, that with Yosemite, Macs will be able to interact with the Apple TV in new ways.

It is unclear how Yosemite and the Apple TV might interact as any Continuity features between the two are not yet functional, but it is possible that a feature like Handoff could be used in conjunction with AirPlay, allowing a movie, TV show, or music to be seamlessly transferred from one device to another.

It's also possible the Apple TV could display notifications when a phone call is incoming to an iPhone, much like the Mac and the iPad are able to do. Call notifications and on-screen caller ID are not far-fetched, as some telecommunications providers that offer TV, Internet, and phone access are able to display caller information on screen.

Continuity features like Handoff appear to require Bluetooth 4.0, a feature that is only available in the third-generation Apple TV. Yesterday's update was only available for third-generation Apple TVs, providing more evidence that the device is likely to gain some Continuity features.

OS X Yosemite, the new Apple TV software, and iOS 8 are all expected to be released to the public in the fall after an extended beta testing period. Apple is also said to be working on an upgraded Apple TV set top box with new capabilities, which could also take advantage of Continuity features.

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5 weeks ago


Except on the big screen.
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago
Can't wait! Also, for a completely redesigned Apple TV UI (and hopefully App Store)! :)
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago

It's also possible the Apple TV could display notifications when a phone call is incoming to an iPhone, much like the Mac and the iPad are able to do.


that's probably what it'll do, and if it won't, it should
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago

Could make for an embarrassing moment when taking a private call. People overhearing what you are saying on all your devices. :):eek:


Don't take the call on your Mac or Apple TV then...
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago

Reminds me of Googles Chromecast functionality and being able to 'cast' things .. Apple will probably just make it easy for developers to mirror their apps on the tv.. Hopefully not requiring an Internet connection too.


you are kidding right?
we have been able to do that with the apple tv way before the chromecast even existed.
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
I liking the continuity thing. And apple didn't even forget the Apple TV :)
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago
Looking forward to this. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a way to use Continuity with my Mac 512k.

:D

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I bet the main use of Continuity will be something very close to "casting" (in the meaning used by Google for Chromecast) from my Mac or iDevice to Apple TV. It's still cumbersome to get movie streams or whatever going on Apple TV, at least compared to doing the same on my iPad. Apple's remote has done a bit, but I hasn't really taken off I think. So impelemnting casting into Continuity appears to be a pretty obvious option and doesn't look too much like copying Google.


Uh.....no.
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago

Reminds me of Googles Chromecast functionality and being able to 'cast' things .. Apple will probably just make it easy for developers to mirror their apps on the tv.. Hopefully not requiring an Internet connection too.


No, you're thinking of Apple's AirPlay, which was released in 2010.
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago

When i go to bluetooth on my mac, my apple tv's show up ?
Which is kind of odd.. i dont remember any bluetooth build in, in the apple tv.
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AppleTV do have built in bluetooth. The only use I've seen for it, as of now, is keyboards. Looks like that might change. I'm not sure if the AppleTV 3 uses bt 4.0LE though. But my guess would be that it does. Handoff might be limited to ATV3
Rating: 1 Votes
5 weeks ago

I'm predicting the :apple: TV will include a built-in HD camera which will allow for Facetime and Kinect-like remote controlling. It would also be able to pair with an iOS device to take calls, etc.


I hope not, my apple tv stays in a drwaer and a built in camera will do me no good... :confused:
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