Apple Releases Second Beta of tvOS 9.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second 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 major software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV. The first beta of tvOS 9.1 was seeded to developers last week.

The second tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first beta. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires 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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We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking and scrolling tweaks, and it's likely tvOS 9.1 will include fixes for bugs and issues that have been discovered in the software since the Apple TV's official launch.

We will include any other external facing changes below.

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Top Rated Comments

ayale99 Avatar
75 months ago
It's an AppleTv article, so everyone that doesn't want to buy one, commence with letting us know why you personally don't like it. Bonus points for letting everyone know how Apple is going down hill fast.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lkrupp Avatar
75 months ago
Firmware update for 4K than I will upgrade to ATV until than Apple you better have updates for ATV3.
I’m sure Apple is literally quaking in its boots at thought of your threats.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
75 months ago
Firmware update for 4K than I will upgrade to ATV until than Apple you better have updates for ATV3.
Don't hold your breath on that.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shark5150 Avatar
75 months ago
It's an AppleTv article, so everyone that doesn't want to buy one, commence with letting us know why you personally don't like it. Bonus points for letting everyone know how Apple is going down hill fast.
Oh my god. I love it! My sediments exactly! Let the madness begin....
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cubsnlinux Avatar
75 months ago
People just need to let go with this hope for an update for the Remote App. Apple
clearly want everyone using the new remote for everything now. At £65, I'd want you to as well!

The sooner everyone accepts that then the sooner you can get on with your lives.
I don't understand this logic. The physical remote comes with the Apple TV. So how does the remote app cannibalize anything?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bommai Avatar
75 months ago
Can somebody please explain to me what is so great about using an iPad or iPhone as a remote for the Apple Tv? I just don't get it - why do I want to tie up another device to control another unless that is the only way I can stream audio/video I want to hear?
One use case is for music without having to turn the TV on. If you have HDMI hooked up to a receiver, you can select music from your iOS device from the remote app and play it with just the receiver on. Having the TV on for listening to music is absurd.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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