Apple today released tvOS 9.1.1 software update for the 4th genaration Apple TV. Apart from the usual bug fixes and security improvements, the new firmware includes the Podcasts app that first appeared in tvOS 9.2 beta.
Steve Troughton-Smith, a well-known iOS developer and hacker, discovered that HeadBoard, the tvOS UI, has “pretty complete” folder support inside. According to him, folders in tvOS work just like those in iOS – you drop an app on another app to create a folder. The folder takes the most likely category name from the apps inside but it’s also possible to give it a different name.
Apple has released the retail build of tvOS that include the long-awaited Apple TV App Store. Developers and first customers have now access to houndred (if not thousands) of apps and games designed specifically for a big screen.
It appears that the time has come for the little black box to grow up and become a significant player in Apple’s ecosystem. Some reports even speculate that the Apple TV will be THE center of the Apple ecosystem in homes; connecting Internet of Things devices via HomeKit, showcasing iCloud & Photos content, playing games and eventually streaming broadcast television. While the iPhone 6s will undoubtedly take center stage at this Wednesday’s event, all signs point to the new Apple TV being the real star of the show.