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Apple TV v2.1: security patch, MobileMe support

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Thu July 10, 2008

Apple TV update details

Apple says the v2.1 update for Apple TV addresses six security issues. Several of the fixes involve code that can be executed from "maliciously crafted" movie files, resulting in "unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. The security update also addresses breaches from malware-infected QuickTime content, and PICT images. Additional details have been posted on Apple's website.

As expected, update released Thursday also includes support for MobileMe galleries. MacNN installed the update on an early version of the Apple TV Hardware, and the download took about two minutes over an 802.11n Airport Extreme network attached to cable broadband. The update allows users to log-in to their MobileMe accounts using the on-screen keyboard.

Our attempts to log-in to MobileMe were not successful, possibly due to the Apple's transition from .Mac to MobileMe. The update -- which is downloaded directly to the Apple TV -- also contains support for Apple's free Remote application which allows users to control their device with an iPhone. Remote is available now at the iTunesAppStore, but requires an iPhone 3G or a first generation iPhone or iPod Touch updated to version 2.0. There rest of the Apple TV interface appears to have few, if any changes.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ddma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Wish List feature

    There is a new Wish List feature under Movie. When you click on a movie, beside seeing the same "Play Trailer, Rent, Rent HD, Buy" buttons, you see also a new Wish List button.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Love Wishlist

    ddma is right. There is a wishlist, which is a great add-on. The ability to now have a list of the movies I will want to rent or own keeps me using the Apple TV.

    I also noticed that the password entry for protected content now displays the hidden bullet as you enter the info instead of showing the actual character for everyone to see!

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    s**** MobileMe...

    The big update here is thumbnail view in My Photos. Yippee!!!

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