If you’re the early adopting type living in an Apple ecosystem, you probably upgraded to iTunes 11 almost as soon as the bits reached the servers. You might not have noticed that Apple gave its iOS Remote app and Apple TV firmware shots in the arm to match. Of the two, Remote 3.0 is the larger update and brings a simpler UI that also takes advantage of iTunes’ new Up Next feature to add or prune out songs in ongoing playlists on a host computer. iPad owners reap the most rewards — the album view now expands in place to quickly drill down to a specific track. Apple TV viewers aren’t quite so coddled, although they too get Up Next support for iTunes 11 (and iTunes Match) as well as the usual rounds of speed-ups and bug fixes; we imagine a solution to some of the troubles with 5.1 is part of the package. No matter which update fits into your vision of musical harmony, you’ll find details at the source links.
A new update for both second and third generation Apple TV devices was released Monday, Software Update 5.1.
Though the update brings a few new features and upgrades into play, there aren’t many major improvements.
Chief among the additions is the ability to view Shared Photo Streams, which now allows you to ‘browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content,’ according to Apples support page.
Additionally, 5.1 allows users to have more than one iTunes account per device, and will make switching between those accounts simple and easy.
Improved stability and AirPlay integration
While there are also some performance-related improvements to Apple TV, some smaller additions have also been implemented.
There’s now some better AirPlay functionality, including the ability to ‘send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices.’
That includes both AirPort Express and additional Apple TVs.
Fortunately, users can protect their AirPlay with an onscreen code, which should help prevent others from hijacking things like party playlists.
Users will also be able to search for movie trailers right from their Apple TVs, and U.S. users can now local theater times.
New screen savers have been added, and users will also find better options for subtitling after updating their Apple TV.