With the new Apple TV going on sale tomorrow, Apple has today made its tvOS 9 software available to download for those that want to do a full restore of the device, with the first stable release coming in as build number 13T396 – same as the tvOS Gold Master build seeded to developers last week – following a slew of beta releases up until this point.

The main reason you would want to restore an Apple TV at the moment is if you are a developer, have one of those Apple TV 4 Dev Kits that Apple sent out to select devs, and want to update your dev unit to get the retail build software so that you can take advantage of the App Store. If you’re a developer, then we are fairly safe in the assumption that you will indeed want that App Store on your own Apple TV, so now would be an excellent time to kick that download and restore off before launch day tomorrow. You never know how Apple’s servers are going to hold up.


The new Apple TV, the first update to the set-top box in three years, is the first to feature an App Store and has the potential to change the way we watch television, or at least, that’s what Apple keeps telling us. The App Store is undoubtedly the main attraction here, with new Siri integration a close second. Whichever of the new features is the catalyst for your Apple TV purchase, though, initial reviews suggest that while you likely won’t be disappointed with your purchase, Apple’s hopes of changing the way we think of television may be some way off coming to fruition.


As for us? Well, we just want to be able to play some of our favorite iPhone and iPad games on the big screen and we can’t imagine being alone in that regard.

Whether that’s enough to justify a purchase though, that is up for you to make.

You can download the final build tvOS 9 for Apple TV 4 from Apple’s developer portal or via the direct link provided below.

Download link: tvOS 9.0 13T396 IPSW for AppleTV5,3 (4)

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