Apple seeds Apple TV 7 beta 1 to developers, drops support for 2nd gen. Apple TV? (updated)

by tomek on June 17, 2014


Update: The new Apple TV software beta brings iCloud Family Sharing to the big screen.

Apple today released Apple TV 7 beta 1 firmware to developers. This new beta is supposed to be used for “testing AirPlay with iOS apps.” As we previously reported, one of the new iOS 8 features is the new peer-to-peer connection for AirPlaying to Apple TV.

Interestingly, the new beta software only supports Apple TV 3. Does this mean Apple will definitely drop support for Apple TV 2?

Apple TV 7 Beta 1 Known Issues
• Stuttering (dropped frames) may occur intermittently during video playback. In some cases, playback may stop.
• Apple TV may crash (return to main menu) after purchasing a music video.

AirParrot for Apple TV

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  • If I’m not mistaken, the new peer-to-peer stuff in iOS 8 requires Bluetooth Low Energy. I don’t think the Apple TV 2 supports that.

  • GadgetDon

    I’ll be unhappy if the 2 model isn’t supported. Maybe some features won’t work if there’s a specific reason, but dropping support all together will make me a very unhappy customer.

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