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Apple Releases Apple TV Software Version 4.4.4, Tweaks iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone 4S

Apple today released a software update for the second-generation Apple TV, bringing the set-top box to version 4.4.4. The update arrives as Build 9A406a, but it is not yet clear what improvements are included in the release.

Apple TV software 4.4.3 was released last month and added support for Netflix streaming in Mexico and an audio output issue when the connected television set is turned off.

Curiously, Apple also appears to have released a slightly tweaked version of iOS 5.0.1 for the iPhone 4S [Direct Link]. The new version arrives as Build 9A406, an increment of one over the original release of iOS 5.0.1 last month.

The tweaked version of iOS 5.0.1 does not appear to be being offered to users currently running the original version of the software, but would be downloaded by any users upgrading to iOS 5.0.1 from this point on. Consequently, any change appears to be a minor one that Apple would like to pass along to users and can easily do so for new iOS 5.0.1 users with the tweaked update, but for which an entirely separate iOS 5.0.2 release is not warranted. The company is presumably bundling the changes into the forthcoming iOS 5.1 update that is currently in developer testing, and at that point all users would receive it as part of the larger update.

One possibility is that the tweaked update contains minor changes needed for the next round of international launches occurring tomorrow. iPhones sold in those countries may come with only iOS 5.0 installed, and users immediately updating to iOS 5.0.1 in those countries would receive the tweaked version updated for their markets.

Update: Apple has updated its Apple TV software release notes to report that the 4.4.4 update is a bug fix update that does not appear to bring any new features or compatibility.
Stability and performance: Apple TV software version 4.4.4 includes general performance and stability improvements, including a fix for an issue that displayed an error when playing some video content.


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34 months ago
Percent of Macrumors posters who manually update to 9A406 despite having no evidence that they need it: Probably Large.

God bless you, tinkerers. You do stuff so that the rest of us don't have to.
Rating: 17 Votes
34 months ago

Do i need to get the incremental 5.0.1 update?


No.

If you need to ask about an update that isn't automatic, then the answer is always no.

Just update when it tells you you need to update.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago
I've been afraid to install 5.01. 5.01 addressed some users issue with battery life. Since my 4s has not been plagued by this issue, and I read of at least 1 person having battery issues after the update (although it seems like everyone else was in fact seeing an improvement) I decided to leave well enough alone. :) My only requirement is my phone lasts from the moment I take it off the charger on the way to work to just before bed when I plug it in. Right now I'm plugging it in with about 35-45% of the battery remaining so I'll stick with 5.0. :)
Rating: 4 Votes
34 months ago
Many a professional software source would accompany a new release with release-notes explaining what changed (and sometimes why) - but not Apple: these amateurs hail the notion of mushroom management and leaves customers guessing - deplorable
Rating: 3 Votes
34 months ago
gist of front page story: apple releases software update but we dont know what it does so we'll just speculate for really no good reason at all
Rating: 3 Votes
34 months ago

Percent of Macrumors posters who manually update to 9A406 despite having no evidence that they need it: Probably Large.

God bless you, tinkerers. You do stuff so that the rest of us don't have to.


Thank you to all early adopters and beta testers of anything.

Wouldn't update without you:-)
Rating: 3 Votes
34 months ago
Splintering the OS can't be a good idea. I hope the changes they made in this special build will be included in future updates for all users.
Rating: 2 Votes
34 months ago
If this release is 4.4.4 for the Apple TV then Apple must be planning on adding a lot of stuff to the 5.0 seed that went out the other day.
Rating: 2 Votes
34 months ago

It's been out for 3 or 4 days. Since they released the new iPhone updates.


Aren't all 4.4+ boxes already on iOS 5? You simply press the select button on the remote to switch from the Apple TV Software version (4.4) to the version of iOS the box is running (that screen).
Rating: 2 Votes
34 months ago

With the ATV2 update, Apple has once again been deceptively vague as to what they fixed.

So has anyone noticed what stability and bug fixes Apple made in the new update?


I'm hoping it fixes the
"An error occurred loading this content. Try again later."
error.

I was getting this every few days on both Netflix and locally streamed content from my MacBook Pro. Once I got it, nothing would play until I reset the ATV. In fact, I found the new ATV update by chance when I was restarting my ATV due to the error again!
Rating: 2 Votes

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