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Apple Releases First Beta of tvOS 9.1

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV.

tvOS betas are not as easy to install as beta updates for iOS and OS X. The update will require the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

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It is not yet clear what is included in the new version of tvOS, but Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking and scrolling tweaks and we will include any other external facing changes below.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 10
Tag: tvOS 9.1
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)


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9 months ago
Great, now let's update the Remote App please?!..
Rating: 35 Votes
9 months ago
"The update will require the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes."

What am I, a caveman?
Rating: 25 Votes
9 months ago
This update will bring 4K, right?
Rating: 19 Votes
9 months ago

This update will bring 4K, right?


Yes. And it adds optical out also!
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago

With an update so soon, it sounds like they'll be releasing updates on a schedule similar to iOS (and starting with 9.0 would further this speculation). That's a great sign! And I'm sure one of the the updates – perhaps tvOS 10 – will include direct updates instead of requiring it to be done through a computer.


I'm pretty sure it's just the Beta that requires a computer to update. The full release will be able to be updated from the ATV just like with previous models/OSs.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
(question regarding remote app)

What you need that for? The new Atv supports icloud Direct play over airplay. Means if you airplay Apple music from iPhone to Atv. Atv will play direct from Apple music not iPhone.


*cracks knuckles*

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1. Entering passwords (itunes purchases, changing game center accounts, etc). Passwords can be up to 40 chars long and very complex (if you are a good secure internet citizen). Even the silly "don't require a password every time" option times out after about a day and requires re-entry.

2. Privately enter parental controls PIN for purchasing stuff for kids or allowing play of a higher-than-approved movie or app. Right now they see what you do to unlock so everyone has to 'look the other way'.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
Loving the Apple TV so far, but there are a few soft spots in its game that need to be addressed:

- Text entry sucks (allow entry via iPhone Remote app like before, allow Siri dictation in text fields, change the configuration of the alphabet/characters from linear to a multi-level grid, maybe use iPhone touch ID, etc..)
- Channel/app activation is a pain (would be nice if I could enter my cable company's credentials once and have them apply to all the different video apps, e.g. ABC, NBC, History Channel, etc.. instead of verifying each separately )
- Would love to see universal "recently watched", "favorites" and "watch list" sections on the main interface
- Folders or sections (so i can organize by "Video", "News", "Games", etc.. instead of having a huge pile of everything)

Maybe some of this is in the works, maybe it's all a pipe dream. I do hope they operate a little differently with TV OS, and are open to making changes more quickly than in the past. It's already a cluttered market and they need to separate themselves as a superior platform quickly if they want get any real traction. Its a good start, but needs some functional upgrades before it becomes essential and unique.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago

Apple is so bizarre sometimes. 9.1? Really? Why not just call it TVOSX? Or NeXTV? NewtonVision 1.0? As long as we're ditching normal naming conventions and platform hopping...

What's next? iOSiPad v1.0 and iOSiPhone v1.0?


I believe you've written the stupidest thing I've read all day. Congratulations.


(.. and to clarify, tvOS is a derivative of iOS 9, but still different enough to justify a different naming scheme, so yes, it makes sense.)
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
With an update so soon, it sounds like they'll be releasing updates on a schedule similar to iOS (and starting with 9.0 would further this speculation). That's a great sign! And I'm sure one of the the updates – perhaps tvOS 10 – will include direct updates instead of requiring it to be done through a computer.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
I'm glad to see they are already sending out betas of tvOS. The device definitely needs some polishing so hopefully apple will be updating it frequently.
Rating: 7 Votes

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