Thursday, March 1, 2012

Apple TV – Software Updates, Features and Specifications

On September 2006, Apple TV also known as iTV was unveiled in a press conference which was held in San Francisco, California. “iTV” is simply a digital media receiver which is designed and developed by Apple Inc. Its a small box with a lots of entertainment and gives access to
everything that a user wants. Various updates has been made to this device and more updates are still coming. These updates are named as first generation software updates and second generation software updates.

First Generation Software Updates:

These updates were based on MAC OS X 10.4. Approximate nine updates were taken place in Apple TV first generation updates. These includes Apple TV Software Update 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.3.1, 2.4, 3.0 and 3.0.2. The last software update of generation first was 3.0.2 and in this update connectivity, performance and media related problems were fixed.

Second Generation Software Updates:-

Second generation updates were based on iOS 5.0.1. Till now almost nine updates has been done. These includes Apple TV Software Update 4.1, 4.1.1, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4.

The most latest software update is 4.4.4 and in this update stability and performance improvements are included. This update fixes the problems related to video content playing error.

Features of Apple TV :

High Definition Movies and TV Shows

It is called instant entertainment because users don't need to wait for the favorite movie or TV show. They can instantly access the hottest release on the same day they come out on the DVD. User will never experience “Out of Stock” situation. They can buy the favorite show and watch it without any interruption.


Apple TV is matched up with iCloud. All the user favorite TV shows, music, photos and many more stores by iCloud and pushed wirelessly to the device. iCoud is helpful in accessing all user favorite content (HD movies, tv shows, music, photos etc.) instantly on iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac or Personal computer also.

Air Play

Air Play enables user to not only stream the content from the computer to Apple TV but from iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch too. So it is very interesting because user do not need to pay for those content which is available on any of his device.


Netflix allows user to access all the content with just a few clicks because it has huge catalog of titles streaming. Netflix enables user to watch movies and TV shows in High Definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

Videos with You Tube, Flicker, Vimeo

All the videos you go through on you tube, flicker, vimeo or any other can be watched on your HDTV now. Apple TV makes it possible all the funny, interesting or work related videos which are on the web can be enjoyed on the HDTV. So now user can browse friends photos, video across the web and enjoyed with Apple TV.

Technical Specifications of Apple TV :
Height :- 23mm
Width :- 98mm
Weight :- 98mm
Depth :- 0.6 pound
Processor :- Apple A4 Chip
Wireless :- Wi-Fi

System Requirements:-
Wireless network
Netflix account
iTunes 10.2 or later
iTunes store account
MLB.TV Subscription League Pass Broadband subscription

With all its varied features and updates Apple TV is quite popular in the market. First generation iTV was sold out immediately and the same happened with second generation. After all the updates users are continuously eager to have iTV. With the offer price of $99, Apple is updating its “iTV” in a more productive way.

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