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Apple updates Apple TV to iOS 5.1.1 (software 5.0.1)

Apple has pushed out Apple TV software version 5.0.1 (4224), aka iOS 5.1.1 (9B206f). The update applies to both the 2010 Apple TV (720p) and 2012 Apple TV (1080p). No new features are shown following the update, and no new services seem to have been added, so this could well be a bug fix and performance enhancement release.

(And once again I'll add -- how it helps anyone, inside Apple or outside, to refer to the same software by different versions numbers, is beyond me. Could we please just unify behind the same numbering scheme as the rest of iOS and call it a day?)

To update your Apple TV:

  1. Click on Settings at the top right
  2. Click on General
  3. Scroll down and click on Update Software

If you have any trouble or need any help, head on over to our Apple TV forum!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Agreed, Rene. Different numbering schemes are just silly.
  • Rene/staff, I was promoted to update my phone early Monday morning which I jumped at the opportunity. After it was done updating and my springboard opened up I noticed a huge different in the brightness and vibrance of the screen. I have had to warranty my iPhone 4s through apple three times so far, one time was for the yellowing issue, and the new phone they gave me had a dead pixel in the middle. Well the third time was the charm, it was a improvement over the first yellowish hue colored screen but still not as good as my wife's iPhone 4. Once the update finished it looked like a brand new screen, much whiter and much briter. I don't know if anyone else had this happen to them, I just wanted to inform the other readers to this fix. By the way I have the white 4s. Hope this help. Thanks guys!!
  • *prompted
  • I did the software update on my iPhone 4s but i still have that yellowish color on my display. So I believe the fix wasn't for that.
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  • I can't believe that the YouTube app STILL doesn't have a frakking 'New Videos' tab for subscriptions, like the other iOS devices!
  • It does on my iPhone 4S with VZW. YouTube >> More >> Subscriptions >> New Videos
  • Apple TV Software Update 5.0.1
    Feature Summary
    iTunes previews Previews for movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store can now be viewed in HD.
    AirPlay Fixes an issue that caused some iOS apps to have trouble connecting via AirPlay.
    Home Sharing Improves the reliability of Home Sharing connections.
    Netflix Addresses an issue affecting Netflix login and navigation.
    Stability and performance Includes fixes for issues affecting stability and performance.
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