Apple Releases Apple TV Software Update 5.1

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Apple has just released Apple TV software update 5.1 (build number 10A406e) for 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV.

It brings new features such as support for Shared Photo Streams, ability to send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices, and the ability to save multiple iTunes accounts and switch between them quickly.

Here’s the list of new features and improvements according to the release notes:

Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.

AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.

Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.

Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.

Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.

Subtitles – SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.

Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See for more information.

Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

Jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to Apple TV Software update 5.1 (iOS 6).

If you don’t care about jailbreak then you can install the update  directly on Apple TV via the Settings menu.

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  • Stan Bono

    No appstore as some people believed , but reorganising icones for jalibreakers will be a useful feature , once it is jailbroken .

  • A4$hole

    Don’t do this update there’s a very good chance it will make your Apple TV useless check Apple support Communities entry titled “ATV dead after latest update” it happened to mine and there’s gotta be a reason that as of yesterday it had 147 replies and over 10,000 views.

    • genXhippie

      Perhaps, this why Apple is still signing the previous update, as I posted above.

  • genXhippie

    For some odd reason(s), Apple is still signing the 5.0.2. I know, because I just rejailbroke my ATV2 and backed-up ssh too yesterday (October 10th).