Apple TV Software Update 4.2 Now Available, Hints at Future of Apps on The Platform

Submitted by lalit on March 9, 2011 - 7:53pm.

Along with iOS 4.3 for iPhone, Apple also released software update 4.2 for Apple TV bringing the following new features:

  • AirPlay for apps and websites – Wirelessly stream video from iOS apps and websites that are enabled for AirPlay, on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3.
  • MLB.TV – Watch live and on-demand Major League Baseball games in HD with an MLB.TV subscription. Pause, rewind, fast-forward, and switch between the home and away broadcast.
  • NBA Game Time – Watch live and on-demand games with an NBA League Pass Broadband subscription. Pause, rewind, and fast-forward both live and on-demand games.
  • Netflix Dolby Digital 5.1 – Enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when watching Netflix movies and TV shows on Apple TV.
  • New slideshow themes – View photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes or use as the Apple TV screensaver.
  • Improved on-screen keyboard – Search and enter names and passwords more easily with the redesigned on-screen keyboard.
  • AirPlay photo slideshow themes – All Apple TV photo slideshow themes are now available when using AirPlay to wirelessly send a photo slideshow from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Apple TV.
  • HDMI color mode – Apple TV Software Update 4.2 includes a setting for changing the color mode output over HDMI.
  • Connectivity and performance fixes – Apple TV Software Update 4.2 includes performance and connectivity fixes for Apple TV.

The most important part of the 4.2 software update is addition of MLB.TV and NBA Game Time, as it shows the path Apple will take to bring new applications to Apple TV. Apple won’t have iPhone like App Store ecosystem for Apple TV, but they will keep adding select few apps adding new functionality to Apple TV. Eventually, you will have the option of selecting what app you want to install on Apple TV, but the app count will be way below iPhone or iPad App Store. Apple TV will have a very easy and controlled environment, which is perfect for 99% of customer base.