Apple Releases 5.1 Update For Apple TV 2nd And 3rd Gen

Apple Releases 5.1 Update For Apple TV 2nd And 3rd Gen

Apple just released a new software update for the second and third generation Apple TV. The 5.1 update doesn’t include any major changes, but it does add support for Shared Photo Streams, search movie trailers, multiple iTunes account support, the ability to send audio from the Apple TV to AirPlay enabled speakers, and a few other minor improvements.

Here are the full release details from Apple:

  • 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 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.
  • Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

You can download the updates for the 2nd Gen Apple TV and 3rd Gen Apple TV here, and here.

  • yellowmello

    Wish they would make podcast on Apple Tv sync with icloud

  • MorningZ

    Holding down the center button in the menu area no longer puts the ATV to sleep after the update

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