Apple TV Software 6.0 update now available - again!

Apple TV Software 6.0 update now available - again!

The Apple TV Software 6.0 update has once again been made available by Apple. To get it, go to Settings > General > Software update on your Apple TV. For those keeping track at home, Apple apparently pulled the original update after it caused installation issues for what seemed like a significant number of people. Sounds like they've been working hard to fix it since then, and this then is the fix.

New features remain the same - iTunes Radio (U.S. online), AirPlay your iTunes purchases to other people's Apple TVs, and some other stuff:

iTunes Radio: Create your own radio stations and listen to them ad-free with iTunes Match. (Available only in the United States.) iTunes Music Store: Browse, purchase, and play music directly from the iTunes Music Store. iCloud Photos: Adds support for playing video from a shared photo stream and viewing photo streams from multiple contributors. AirPlay from iCloud: Apple TV will play content from iTunes in the Cloud instead of your AirPlay device when possible. Requires iOS 7 on AirPlay device. Podcasts Sync: your podcasts and podcast stations across Apple TV and all your iOS devices. Subtitles & Captioning: Automatic subtitle selection based on Apple TV language setting. Customize closed caption style. Conference Room Display: Lock Apple TV into Conference Room Display (for business and education environments) and >show onscreen instructions for using AirPlay. Software Update: Keep your Apple TV always up to date by automatically installing software updates when available. Setup: Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 to automatically transfer network settings, your Apple ID, and language preferences. Not available on iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

I'm downloading it right now, and I'll update this post as soon as they've updated my Apple TV. If you previously had a problem and need to restore via iTunes to fix a bricked or bad installation, here's how:

If you've gotten the update to install, let me know how it works for you!

Via: 9to5Mac, Thanks Keith!

Rene Ritchie

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kch50428 says:

Installed fine for me... the set-up from iPhone is a snap.

word2u says:

It installed fine for me a couple of days ago. No issues and have already enjoyed the new features...

Scott McCormick says:

Just updated mine with no issues

bkl93 says:

This is the first time I've been able to see the update. It seemed to take longer than the last update, but it's worth it. I took a power nap and woke up to iTunes Radio and podcasts on my Apple TV that are on my iPhone. This is a nice update to cap off all the moves Apple has made this year with Apple TV. Hopefully there is more to come. Let's cut that cable cord.

Stuart Graham says:

If you installed the update a couple days ago you need to install update 6.0 again. I installed a couple days ago with no issues. I had no issues the second install.

SockRolid says:

Tried installing last weekend, bricked my 2nd gen Apple TV.
Got the f-ing USB micro B connector, reset to previous version of the OS.
(Note: you *must* disconnect both power and HDMI before restoring thru your Mac/PC.)
Downloaded the new version, and now it's in Step 2 of 2: Applying update...
Will post when it's done.

SockRolid says:

Success! PITA to re-enter my Apple ID + password, then (very long) Netflix login + password. Amazing to see how Apple is steadily improving the integration of iCloud with all of their products and ecosystem.

Interesting that after I restored it the first time, I was distracted for a moment when I first powered it up. I left it at the "choose language" screen, and after about 30 seconds, I was surprised to hear Siri's voice (the old iOS 6.1 voice) asking me to click the Apple Remote's select button 3 times to turn on Voice Over. Apple has even added accessibility features to Apple TV. Good job!

canobeano says:

Yeah...still bricked until my microUSB cable gets here...

kch50428 says:

No nearby RadioShack? Walmart? Friend you could borrow one from?

richard451 says:

It is stupid that Apple requires you to use a cable of which they do not include with the AppleTV nor sell.

BenRoethig says:

I was lucky to be one of the 5 people that the first 6.0 didn't brick. Its really amazing how identical code can interact in wildly different ways with what should be identical hardware.

Orealy YouThink says:

Goes to show, in a imperfect world, even computers go WHACKY!
Have a good one.

Redshirt says:

Is it showing as a different version than the previous one that caused bricking?

erikbock says:

It went in fine for me. Other than it took forever to do the install, I am not having any problems that I have seen.

rabrick says:

I was burnt over the weekend with a unit that was bricked and now have a new ATV. I await everyone's input on the new update before even putting a toe into that water.

Odinsdad says:

Wouldn't it be nice if they would add a Airprint Server to the Apple TV? I realize it'd "Sherlock" the xPrintServer but it seems like a good use of the AppleTV to extend it's coolness... ;-)