Apple today released tvOS 9.1 for the new Apple TV. Betas have included Siri support for controlling Apple Music, which Apple first said would be available for customers by early next year. Update: tvOS 9.1 does indeed add Siri support for Apple Music to all users. Apple’s Remote app also works with the new Apple TV for the first time. That means text input from iPhones and iPads will make setup much easier (and on par with older Apple TVs). watchOS 2.1 lets Apple Watch’s built-in Remote app work with new Apple TVs as a D-pad too.
Apple released the first software update to the new Apple TV, tvOS 9.0.1, in mid November. The update delivered no new features or visual changes, instead likely focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements.
New Apple TV owners have awaited a few features from the third-gen Apple TV that will hopefully come to the new box including
Remote app support from iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, Bluetooth keyboard support for entering complicated passwords especially at setup, and Apple’s Podcasts app, which has been seen in promotional material but not yet released.
To update to the latest version on the new Apple TV, go to the Settings channel then look for the System section near the bottom. From here look for Software Updates under Maintenance, then select Update Software and Download and Install. tvOS 9.1 will download and install, and require a system restart to complete.
The update process does not present release notes, however, so changes are not listed through Apple TV. Will dig through the latest version and update this post.
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