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.

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Top Rated Comments

RealKrS Avatar
66 months ago
Great, now let's update the Remote App please?!..
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thomasdzubin Avatar
66 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?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EsbenJohnson Avatar
66 months ago
This update will bring 4K, right?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
koa Avatar
66 months ago

This update will bring 4K, right?

Yes. And it adds optical out also!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
salohcin Avatar
66 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.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dugbug Avatar
66 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*

ok
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'.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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