Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) 5.1 update


I had to admit I haven’t used my Apple TV very much recently, I expected Apple to introduce more into the Apple TV but they have taken a fairly pedestrian update path and the latest update adds a couple of new features but nothing revolutionary. 

This update adds shared photo streams, Airplay sending so you can send audio from the Apple TV to an Airplay enabled device and adds iTunes user account switching. The Airplay update is a nice addition, being able to send the audio to another Airplay device will be handy.

To update your Apple TV go to Settings, General and select Update Software

Details of the changes:

Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.

AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.

Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.

Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.

Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.

Subtitles – SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.

Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See for more information.

Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.


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