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

apple tv 2010 obliqueApple 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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Top Rated Comments

Small White Car Avatar
159 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.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d4rkc4sm Avatar
159 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
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scoobydoo99 Avatar
159 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!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ck2875 Avatar
159 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).
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SandboxGeneral Avatar
159 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?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blueroom Avatar
159 months ago
I love my Apple TV 2.

Me too, great device for cutting the cable subscription. I updated to 4.4.4 without hesitation.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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