iOS 5 unlocks Apple TV Bluetooth skills

New software means peripheral support and maybe even apps

Set-top box already being lined up for upgrade this autumn.

Apple TV is set to get Bluetooth connectivity skills when Cupertino releases iOS 5 later this year. The set-top box already has Bluetooth baked in, but new findings in iOS 5’s source code suggest it will be turned on once the software is rolled out.

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9to5mac says Bluetooth will be activated on Apple TV via the settings menu, where users will be able to pair compatible devices much as they do on Macs. There’s no word on what Bluetooth kit will be supported, but a keyboard and maybe even the iPhone or iPad could potentially be hooked up easily.

The Mac fanatics reckon this could point the way to Jobs and co rolling out a Safari browser on Apple TV, as well as full-on app support. That certainly makes sense if users can connect a keyboard.

Apple is also said to be plotting a new version of its set top box for release in autumn, with 1080p video support and its A5 chip inside. For more on this story, keep it locked here and to our Facebook and Twitter pages.