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Apple TV 4.1 update launches in tandem with iOS 4.2.1

updated 02:35 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010

Fixes unexpected security holes

In parallel with the iOS 4.2.1 update, which became available at 10AM Pacific time, Apple has released the Apple TV 4.1 firmware. As anticipated, the upgrade primarily adds support for AirPlay, the technology which lets iOS devices stream music, photos and videos to the set-top. Also included is VoiceOver support, which for the visually impaired reads menu and content descriptions out loud.

The speed of voice playback can be changed in the Settings menu. There users can also choose to enable password protection for AirPlay, or disable the function entirely. Unexpected in the update are two security fixes: one for vulnerabilities in FreeType, and another for holes in libpng.

The v4.1 update can only be downloaded from an Apple TV with an active Internet connection.

by MacNN Staff





  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    didn't we just talk about this?

    still no update on my older ATV.

  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Agreed, RT...

    There's no reason why the older ATV shouldn't get the same update- I can stream movies/TV shows/Podcasts/Music from my Mac to my Apple TV to show on my TV. The only difference is, the Older ATV can also STORE content, which is vastly superior to the stream-only model of today.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: again

    And there won't be. Your older atv has served it's purpose. Apple has moved on from that version of their hobby device. What you have is all you're going to get.

    Remember, Apple will give updates to their device OS if there's a financial reason for them to do so. For example, if they make some changes to the DRM on the iTMS, they'd upgrade the OS because they want you to still buy from them (thus why they would update all those old iPods when they kept doing this for fairplay).

    But if it's just new features, that gets them nothing new from you, so they won't update the software. They added those feature to get you to buy a new device from them.

    The iOS on the iPhones/iPods kept getting updates because the iOS was immature and Apple wanted to get those updates pushed out so you could still buy new apps from their store. But if there's nothing new in iOS 5.0 that would prevent new apps from running, don't expect Apple to update all that older hardware.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Love the experts

    There is a huge reason why they are not updating the old devices....One runs OSX and the other runs iOS. Why would they put any development time on an antiquated system that they won't support anymore?

  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Testicludo, it's a wonder you don't work for Micro$oft Tech Support or some medical billing company, what with that warm and compassionate delivery and empathetic tone... especially on a news/forum site dedicated to products you openly despise and don't use.

    Thank you, but I'll stick with my 'archaic' 'hobby' device. After I replace the HDD with a high capacity drive, it'll still serve me for a few more years to come. BTW, did I mention that I still use my iPod 1st generation (with scroll wheel, which works perfectly and does what I want it to do- store and play music. How's that for another 'archaic' device?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Hmmm...

    Thank you, but I'll stick with my 'archaic' 'hobby' device.

    And that's fine for you. But Apple would rather you buy new hardware. That is how they make their money. Thus, the reason they don't put much effort into 'older' hardware, no matter how useful it is or how capable it would be to run the new features.

    Basically, you can use your old stuff all you want, but Apple doesn't care about you.

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