Though released along with iOS 8, the 7.0 update for Apple TV is essentially just catching up with what iOS 7 offered on iPhones and iPads. Apart from the flat design, the new iCloud Photo Sharing feature is a perfect exhibit.
Apple is planning to get the most out of their 3 billion Beats acquisition by making its streaming service available to as many as possible. With the 7.0 software update, they’ve added a brand new Beats Music channel to Apple TV, which corresponds to the app of the same name on iOS.
You might remember one of our recent posts where we discussed how Apple TV and Apple Watch could do wonders by working together. Now, Aaron Tilley from Forbes is confident that Cupertino has much greater plans for its set-top box, as it will play an integral role in creating Apple’s ultimate smart homes. This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has read one of our post-WWDC14 opinion articles:
The ability to control home alarms, thermostats, and lights is very powerful. Having the ability to leverage this information in your home from the largest screen you own would hopefully be an area of expansion as this technology is adopted, and combined with Siri would be an even more powerful offering.
(WWDC 2014 and the invisible Apple TV; Apple TV Hacks, June 10, 2014)
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.