Along with iOS 8, Apple has today released a software update 7.0 that works only with the 3rd gen. Apple TV. Apple TV 7 comes with a redesigned interface, Beats Music channel, Family Sharing option and access to iCloud Photos. The 2nd. gen. Apple TV got a firmware update as well (listed as 6.2.1), though it doesn’t include the new UI and Beats Music app.
Apple TV 2
The final version of XBMC 13 Gotham (and in fact the final version of XBMC itself), is now available and ready to sneak into your Apple TV 2. XBMC 13.2 Gotham will be the last update of the popular software to bear the iconic name, as the team confirmed that all future updates will be known by the new name Kodi Entertainment Center.
As reported earlier, the popular open source software media player XBMC has changed its name to Kodi Entertainment Center, making Kodi 14 Helix the successor to XBMC 13 Gotham. It’s roughly been a week since the official announcement and the team has already rolled out the first iteration in the form of Kodi 14 Helix alpha 2.
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.
Even though you can stream any content from your Mac to the Apple TV with a native OS X (Mountain Lion or later) AirPlay Mirroring feature or by using third-party software like AirParrot, Beamer was able to grab much attention with their particular focus on just one thing – broadcasting movies from Mac to an Apple TV, in the best audio and video quality possible. With 5.1 surround sound and support for almost all common formats and codecs, Beamer is a fast and simple solution for streaming movies from your Mac directly to Apple TV. You can read our full review of Beamer here.
The developers behind Beamer have recently rolled out their biggest update yet – Beamer 2.0. The completely revamped interface is the major highlight. Besides, they’ve also worked on a few of their most demanded features, including video playlists for continuous playback. Here is the complete changelog: