iOS 5.0.1 build 9B830 for Apple TV has been released earlier today. Apple quietly pushed out this update for the millions of Apple TV devices around the world. Up till now the company has not posted a changelog. So it is not quite certain at the moment as to what exactly this update brings to the table. Though in my view the latest iOS 5.0.1 update for Apple TV comes with the usual slew of bug fixes, performance and stability improvements.
It’s actually quite easy to update your Apple TV to latest iOS 5.0.1 build 9B830 firmware. This update is supported by both the second and third generation Apple TV devices. Simply turn on your TV, power on the Apple TV, go to Settings followed by Software Update. The Apple TV itself will download the latest update via Wi-Fi. After download is finished, the device will install the update, restart on it’s own and that’s when you can be sure that your Apple TV is running latest iOS 5.0.2 firmware.
There’s also an alternative way of downloading latest iOS 5.0.2 firmware on Apple TV. You can download the iOS 5.0.2 IPSW for Apple TV 2G and Apple TV 3G from the links provided below. Once these IPSWs have been downloaded, connect your Apple TV to the computer and launch iTunes. In iTunes, select your device from the right side bar, press and hold Shift (or alt key on Mac) and click on Restore. Select the iOS 5.0.2 IPSW for Apple TV that you previously downloaded. iTunes will now begin installing the latest firmware on the device and will prompt you to connect it to the televison when it’s done.
We won’t really know for sure what this update brings until Apple reveals the changelog. For long Apple has termed this set-top box television solution as a hobby. Recent reports have indicated that Apple is working on a full fledged HDTV which will revolutionize the television market as we know it. Moreover it has been rumoured that Apple will demonstrate a new Apple TV software at WWDC 2012 which will be a preview of the software Apple’s HDTV will run. The third-generation Apple TV came with a revamped UI back in March earlier this year. Now we patiently wait for Apple to reveal any details about it’s alleged HD television. Until then, we’ll have to make do with the little black box that is the Apple TV.