Apple posts Apple TV 4.1 update, adds AirPlay, VoiceOver, other features

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Date: Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010, 03:33
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

In addition to Apple’s release of iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, Apple on Monday also released an update for its Apple TV set top box today, bringing AirPlay support for wireless streaming.

Although the company made no mention of the Apple TV update when announcing the forthcoming launch of iOS 4.2, the software arrived at the same time, around 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Per AppleInsider, the Apple TV software update can be initiated through the device’s settings menu, and is done directly over a wireless or wired Internet connection.

In addition to AirPlay, which will allow streaming of video and audio from iOS devices to the Apple TV, the 4.1 update also brings VoiceOver functionality. The new feature can be turned on through the accessibility menu of the Apple TV.

VoiceOver reads menus and metadata, including episode descriptions for TV shows. In the settings, users can also set the speed of voice playback.

The Apple TV 4.1 software update automatically enables AirPlay without password protection. If users choose, they can turn AirPlay off entirely through the settings menu, or can add a password to limit access.

AirPlay is built in to iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It allows users to stream video or audio content directly to the Apple TV over a Wi-Fi network. Users can also directly stream music to an AirPort Express.

If you’ve downloaded the new Apple TV update and have any feedback, please let us know.

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2 Responses to “Apple posts Apple TV 4.1 update, adds AirPlay, VoiceOver, other features”

  1. Yea, here’s the new features:
    1) MP4 videos which previously played well, will now display random horizontal streaks.
    2) Buffering from PC or Mac based videos will take twice as long as before the update.
    3) After you play a video, the ATV will return to the previous menu, but then perform an ugly screen refresh with no new data.

  2. Very cool to display photos from the ipad and very good quality. Sometimes it seemed to get behind/confused when I moved to a new photo. Would not play from itunes on the computer and photos from the ipad at the same time.