Apple Releases Apple TV Software Update 5.0; Brings All-New Icon-Centric User Interface to Apple TV 2

Hot on the heels of introducing the next generation Apple TV, Apple has released Apple TV software update 5.0 for the second generation Apple TV (and the third generation Apple TV should come pre-installed with it).

The Apple TV software update brings the all-new icon-centric user interface to the second generation Apple TV. It doesn’t bring the capability to watch 1080p HD movies and TV shows as the hardware cannot support it.

It will also allow users to sign up for Netflix service using their iTunes account on both second and third generation Apple TV. Netflix announced this on their blog:

We’re always looking for ways to make the Netflix experience simpler and better. Starting today, you can sign-up for Netflix directly on your Apple TV and pay via your iTunes account. Plus, with the new third generation Apple TV, you’ll also be able to watch thousands of hours of great movies and television streaming on Netflix in 1080p high definition and with room-filling Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Now, with a software update on your Apple TV, this seamless sign up and billing experience extends to the second generation Apple TV. The new sign up and payment experience on Apple TV is available wherever Netflix is, including in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Please note that the iPhone Dev team has warned jailbreakers to avoid updating to iOS 5.1.

We’ll let you know as soon as we have more details about the changes and improvements in the latest Apple TV software update.

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  • Fingers21

    Won’t be updating mine with a jailbreak. Without icefilms and 1channel, my atv 2 would be a £99 paperweight! Netflix uk sucks, no new films on it and always get ‘Netflix is unavailable’.

  • FredMC

    I am not seeing a huge benefit of the new Apple TV over the 2nd gen. Will all the old movies and TV shows from iTunes be converted to 1080p? It doesn’t sound like Bluetooth is going to be implemented either, and no word about converting Apple TV to iOS to directly run apps and stuff.

    No reason to upgrade, which I guess keeps me from getting angry for having an “old” model.

  • fas

    How exactly you update?

  • Rob

    Anyone know how to get 4.4.4 back on the Apple TV2?
    This new interface in 5 is tacky, clunky and frankly useless crap, It adds no useful extra features, It’s about time they made the TV Show listings hierarchic so i’m not scrolling down through 10 seasons of Smallville, 10 seasons of Stargate, 8 seasons of House etc. With 65 Shows and 3000 episodes it’s a bloody pain in the arse!

    • Dave

      Not to sure if you can downgrade but you need a 4.4.4 ipw file and a mini usb then put the hockey puck 🙂 in dfu mode and hold shift key in itunes then hit restore, find the ipw file and try to restore.. I have not done this myself for a downgrade this is just info..

  • Dave

    Been trying to get hold of another apple tv2 for a friend even apple store where i live has none in stock and now a new update has come probaly be on the new stock they get in.. Same as someone said on here without jailbreak it’s a £99 paperweight

  • salbtj

    Well, this update by Apple keeps causing one major issue for me: My Wi-Fi configuration keeps getting lost. I have to reconfigure Wi-Fi every time I use my Apple TV 2. Very annoying

  • salbtj

    I really don’t mind staying up to date with all the updates. It is inevitable and and we should report the issues directly to apple.