After a lot of speculation, the mythical Apple TV software update has finally been released by Apple, after keeping it in beta for a long time. The update features a lot of notable changes which we’ve outlined in this post along with the direct download links for the update.
Apple’s little "hobby" has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. Partly because of any lack of significant updates to it, but also due to the fact that Apple don’t seem to have an end game for the set top box – at least not a publicly announced one. Today’s release – dubbed as Apple TV 6.0 – should bring a little clarity back to the situation, with the company at least showing some signs of building on the Apple TV feature set by introducing a bunch of new and handy features today. The new software update brings forward iTunes Radio, AirPlay from iCloud, iCloud Photos and Videos, and our personal favorite: iTunes Music Store.
The improvements to the product will be provided partly through the use of Apple’s fabulous AirPlay technology, as well as using Apple’s own extensive server set. The new update now allows users to play videos from iTunes in the Cloud, which negates the need to download content at first.
In the new Apple TV 6.0 update, you can now easily view photos and videos that were added to your shared photos stream. A handy feature if you’re not a big fan of connecting cables and prefer to live wire free.
The new iTunes Music Store section lets you browse, purchase and play music all from the comfort of your couch. A great addition to those who love their music to be accessible from everywhere.
iTunes Radio is also a part of the update, which in its current form is available to those residing in the US. With millions of songs ready to be streamed, it’s getting quite obvious that Apple is taking iTunes Radio really seriously.
The release of Google’s awesome little Chromecast dongle and the announcement of Sony’s PS Vita TV unit means that Apple now has some serious competition for their "hobby". It’s time for them to get serious about the Apple TV or risk falling behind to the competition, but hopefully this small but notable update is the beginning of what’s to come.
iTunes Radio on Apple TV
The new update can be downloaded from the links given below, and is available for both the Apple TV 2G and 3G (old and new models both):
Apple TV 2G 6.0 (11A470e) Apple TV 3G 6.0 (11A470e) [old model] Apple TV 3G 6.0 (11A470e) [new model]
Update x1 (9/22/13): Apple has pulled 11A470e update after it was reportedly found to have bricked Apple TV units for some users.
Update x2: ((9/23/13): Apple has now re-released Apple TV 6.0 update with build number 11A502. Direct download links can be found below: