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.
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If you’re a regular follower of Apple TV Hacks, you might remember reading a similar story before. Earlier this year, Apple introduced a promotional offer for Apple TV, thanks to which every purchase of the set-top box would come with a free $25 iTunes Card. And as per Apple Online Store, the deal is live again.
At the I/O developers conference yesterday, Google unveiled their vision of the set-top box, called Android TV. Packing much more than just screen mirroring as in Chromecast, the Android TV sounds better than the recently announced Amazon Fire TV. However, for Apple TV Hacks followers, most of the features on Android TV would seem like deja vu.
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.