Apple releases tvOS 11.2.1

Following the public release of iOS 11.2.1, which primarily fixes an issue related to HomeKit and the Home app, Apple has also released a minor update to tvOS.

Apple today officially released tvOS 11.2.1 to the public, which is a minor update for the set-top box’s operating system. It arrives one week after Apple launched tvOS 11.2 to the public, and it should fix any lingering bugs that were discovered since that public launch, as well as include performance updates behind-the-scenes.

To update, you can go into the Settings app, then open System –> Software Update. The Apple TV also supports automatic updates, so if you have that switched on within the Settings app, your set-top box will be upgraded to the new software automatically.

Apple’s newest software for the Apple TV is meant to fix an issue relating to remote access fore shared users using the Home app tied to HomeKit. Apple previously broke that particular feature in its effort to fix another major vulnerability in HomeKit. Now, with the release of tvOS 11.2.1, the feature should be live again after the update is installed on the user’s hardware.

As a refresher, the HomeKit vulnerability discovered earlier this month made it possible for unauthorized access to smart, connected devices, including smart locks designed for doors in a home. Apple fixed the problem on the server-side, which patched the issue since it wasn’t tied to HomeKit hardware or specific devices. However, it required Apple to disable remote access for shared users at the time. Apple said that it would be bringing the feature back online this week.

The new tvOS 11.2.1 software is available now, and, as usual, it is a free upgrade for Apple TV owners.

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