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Quickly Setting up a New Apple TV Using Your iPad

Expecting a new Apple TV under the tree this Christmas? With the latest Apple TV software you can now set it up in a flash right using a supported iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7. All you need is to have a recent device running iOS 7 in close proximity. Plug in the new Apple TV and once the initial setup screen appears, simply unlock your device, enable Bluetooth, and place the iPad within about a foot or so of your Apple TV. Here’s the detailed how:

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your iPad if it isn’t already. You can do this by swiping up in Control Center and toggling it on or by entering the Settings panel and turning it on from there.
  2. With your 3rd generation Apple TV on the language selection screen, put your iPad within 6 inches or so of the actual Apple TV unit and make sure you keep it there. Apple says to touch your device to your Apple TV but in my experience, being within 6 inches or so away always works.
  3. Your iPad will prompt you to enter your iTunes username and password. Do that now.
  4. Select whether or not you’d like the Apple TV to remember your iTunes credentials.
  5. The last question is whether or not you’d like Apple to be able to collect usage information. This step is your personal decision. Just make your selection to continue.
  6. Now just keep your iPad within range of your Apple TV to let it finish pulling your settings.
  7. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

The wirelessly tap-to-set-up a 3rd gen Apple TV with a supported iOS 7 device and Bluetooth LE is so easy. And recently Apple has added several content channels to the Apple TV, including Watch ABC, Crackle, and Bloomberg. Crackle, a Sony service, lets you watch a number of TV shows and movies without a subscription. Watch ABC, meanwhile requires you to register your cable provider before you can watch full episodes. Currently, customers with AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, and Verizon FiOS can all be verified.