Apple has been really busy the last few weeks and the Apple TV must have been feeling really left out seeing all Apple’s other iOS devices receiving shiny new upgrades to iOS 6. Thankfully Apple hasn’t been ignoring the Apple TV at all and has now released an update for the Apple TV second and third generations. The new update brings along some nice new features but it is not iOS 6. Instead Apple decided to go with iOS 5.1 but don’t be put off by that, Apple has included a whole host of new features as shown below.
Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.
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.
Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.
Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.
New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.
Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.
SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.
Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles.
Includes general performance and stability improvements.
So next time you fire up your Apple TV second or third generation you should see an option to upgrade to iOS 5.1. Of course if you have your Apple TV jailbroken, give this one a miss for now until we hear that it can be jailbroken again.