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Apple TV 6: It's Ba-ack, Details Emerge

Apple TV 6: It’s Ba-ack, Details Emerge [u]

| On 24, Sep 2013

image20 Apple TV 6: Its Ba ack, Details Emerge [u]

Last week saw the release of iOS 7 and it was greeted by overwhelmingly positive reviews, leading to its installation on more than 200 million iThings worldwide. Apple TV 6.0, roughly equivalent to iOS 7, has travelled a more tortured road — released on Friday and pulled on Saturday, but it’s available once again for download.

9 to 5 Mac is reporting that Apple TV 6 Update is back. The mothership hasn’t said what the original problem was — users reported the update bricked their devices — or what has changed.

[u] That said, there is a new Apple Support Article describing how easy it is to set up an Apple TV running v6.0 software from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7.

Nevertheless, Apple TV 6 is back and available for download on the device itself or direct download here:

AppleTV2,1 6.0 (11A502)
AppleTV3,1 6.0 (11A502)
AppleTV3,2 6.0 (11A502)

Apple released build 11A470e on Friday and, as noted above, 11A502 arrived today. Aside from that, and the fact that iTunes Radio, etc still work, little is known about this latest build.

Apple TV 6: A Stumble, No fumble

While Apple’s iOS installed base tops 700 million, the Apple TV has a more modest market footprint — just 13 million units sold since its introduction in 2006. However, roughly half of those sales have occurred over the last year, giving Apple more than 50 percent of the set top box market.

Yes, Apple TV is building market momentum, but pulling the software update for a day or so is a stumble, not fumble.

That said, if Tapscape comment posters are anything to go by, even the first release of the Apple TV 6 delivered. Perhaps Apple was acting with an abundance of caution.

Did Apple TV 6 brick your hobby puck or did it work as advertised?

Inquiring minds want to know…

  • Al

    yes, my iPuck was bricked during the first trial as I allowed it to download and apply the update. when that failed, the TV screen showed a diagram suggesting that I should connect it via USB to iTunes. the OS did install properly via iTunes/USB, but by that time all my settings and app data were gone. I did like the automatic “touch” or bump option of transferring WiFi settings from an iPhone via bluetooth by mere physical contact, surely sped up setup.

  • Mstr Burned

    Sounds like it’s time for me to install Apple TV 6. Been burned in past. Not by Apple, but burned.