Great news for owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV. The Cupertino-based company has capped off an extremely productive day of hardware and software releases by introducing the first major update to tvOS. tvOS 9.1, which represents the latest version of the Apple TV 4 firmware, has been going through the testing process since early November, almost immediately after the fourth-generation Apple TV was launched to the public with the maiden version of tvOS that brought with it the first look at the new Apple TV App Store.
The multiple tvOS 9.1 betas that have been analysed and tested by registered developers has provided us with a fairly early insight into what was going to be introduced when the switch was finally flicked. One of the more notable inclusions was the support that was introduced within Apple Music on the Apple TV for Apple’s digital voice assistant, Siri. This new integration in tvOS 9.1 means that users of the Apple TV are finally able to use audible descriptions via the Siri remote to search for content within Apple Music. The Siri integration has also introduced more contextual type search abilities, such as being able to ask “what was the top song in 1995?”.
Apart from this, with tvOS 9.1 update, Apple has finally added support for Remote app on iOS for text entry using iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch on the new Apple TV.
Like most versions of any one of Apple’s platforms, this release of tvOS 9,1 also brings a significant number of bug fixes and internal improvements that are designed to iron out a number of tvOS’ maiden faults. Apple specifically mentions that improvements have been made to how the Apple TV now handles networking via tvOS 9.1, as well as improving the scrolling performance when interacting with first and third-party apps via the new Siri remote.
Those who are lucky enough to own one of Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV units can follow our guide here on how to download and update to the latest version of tvOS here: How To Install tvOS OTA Update On Apple TV 4.
Given the fact that this is the first major update to the tvOS platform, it’s highly likely that Apple will already be working on bringing some new features and functionality to the Apple TV with a tvOS 9.2 update. Expect the initial beta seed sooner rather than later.
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