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MacRumors
Oct 18, 2011, 08:36 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/07/apple_tv_2010_oblique-150x100.jpgLess than a week after releasing a significant 4.4 software update (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/12/apple-tv-software-update-adds-photo-stream-nhl-games-wall-street-journal/) for the second-generation Apple TV, Apple has now released a 4.4.1 bug fix update for the device.

According to Apple's release notes (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4448), the update addresses an issue affecting a "small number" of units to have to connect to iTunes.Software update: Addresses an issue that required a small number of Apple TV units to be connected to iTunes in order to complete the update.The previous 4.4 software update had added a number of new features, including AirPlay video mirroring, Photo Stream support, movie trailers, and video content from the National Hockey League and The Wall Street Journal.

Update: Some users in our forums (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1256554) and elsewhere (http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/17/apple-updates-apple-tv-to-version-4-4-19a335a/) are reporting that the update has "bricked" their Apple TV units, requiring that they be connected to iTunes and restored. The update appears to have temporarily been pulled, but users should be careful in applying it when it is available.

(Thanks, Seth!)

Update 2: Apple has re-released the Apple TV 4.4.1 update, presumably addressing the issue users were experiencing with the initial version.

Article Link: Apple Issues Bug Fix with Apple TV 4.4.1 Software Update [Updated x2] (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/18/apple-issues-bug-fix-with-apple-tv-4-4-1-software-update/)



partyfart
Oct 18, 2011, 08:39 AM
Warning: be carefull with this update. Check http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/17/apple-updates-apple-tv-to-version-4-4-19a335a/

Many bricked there Apple TV's...

infiniteentropy
Oct 18, 2011, 08:39 AM
Now they just need to fix the Netflix sound-out-of-sync bug I encounter often enough to now fire up my Roku when wanting to watch Netflix. Only been about a year now... any second now... :apple:

digitalhen
Oct 18, 2011, 08:42 AM
Just checked with my ATV here... no updates available. Perhaps withdrawn already? Have seen many reports on other sites that this release too is bricking plenty of boxes.

(My update to 4.4 bricked it in the first place)

hansenc
Oct 18, 2011, 08:46 AM
Yeah I got notified of this update last night, had to hook my Apple TV up to iTunes after and do a restore to get things working again.

mrfoof82
Oct 18, 2011, 08:48 AM
Warning: be carefull with this update. Check http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/17/apple-updates-apple-tv-to-version-4-4-19a335a/

Many bricked there Apple TV's...

This indeed happened to me. Currently waiting on a MicroUSB cable from Amazon to do a restore with, which should be here tomorrow thanks to Amazon Prime.

Jorohaco
Oct 18, 2011, 08:58 AM
Right on time... sorta. I unhooked my :apple:tv just last night hoping I could find a friend with a blackberry cable to manually update to 4.4. I wanted to try out AirPlay mirroring.

By the way, of all cables to use, Apple chose a microUSB... interesting.

Habakuk
Oct 18, 2011, 09:13 AM
Thanks for the warnings, guys! Will wait for some more reports of success.

My problem here is not listed anyway, connection problems (seems that AirPort Extreme needs a firmware update as well):
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=13622223&highlight=#post13622223

wolfpackfan
Oct 18, 2011, 09:13 AM
Yep, bricked my ATV. At Apple Store now, hopefully getting it fixed.

TalonFlyer
Oct 18, 2011, 09:26 AM
The update its needed. My Apple TV has had weird things happening. Mostly, it appears to reset itself or return to the top menu in the middle of watching a movie.

I'll wait until the kinks are worked out to apply the latest update.

bmoorhouse
Oct 18, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Where are Movie Trailers? I updated and can see the new sports channels, but can't find the trailers.

Stuipdboy1000
Oct 18, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Where are Movie Trailers? I updated and can see the new sports channels, but can't find the trailers.

It's under the 'In Theatres' sub-menu under Movies. It was there before but they seem to have given the interface a bit of a spruce up.

BC2009
Oct 18, 2011, 11:05 AM
Anybody else notice that an app can specifically refuse to allow AirPlay Mirroring (or perhaps any external display)?

I tried to Airplay some missed episodes from The CW app last night and got a message that this app does not allow for external displays.

MacBoucher
Oct 18, 2011, 11:48 AM
Anybody else notice that an app can specifically refuse to allow AirPlay Mirroring (or perhaps any external display)?

I tried to Airplay some missed episodes from The CW app last night and got a message that this app does not allow for external displays.

Yes. HBO GO App on iOS5 doesn't mirror video to my AppleTV, just audio.

Laird Knox
Oct 18, 2011, 12:52 PM
Yes. HBO GO App on iOS5 doesn't mirror video to my AppleTV, just audio.

Are you using mirroring or AirPlay? I ran into this at first as well. If you tap on the icon in the application it is going to use AirPlay and is dependent on the app supporting it. If you double click the home button and scroll to the music controls you can turn on mirroring and everything you do on the screen is sent to the TV.

I'm not sure if this is what is happening in your case but worth a shot. It worked like a champ for Hulu+.

Billfmtx
Oct 18, 2011, 03:32 PM
The problem. Is it with v4.4 or v4.4.1? I did get 4.4. to download and install after having to unplug the unit and plugging it back in. I do not see an update 4.4.1. yet.

ohbrilliance
Oct 18, 2011, 03:54 PM
Pedantic alert. If the device can be restored by plugging into iTunes then the ATV was never 'bricked'. Bricking is unrecoverable save for recovery using specialised equipment.

Chupa Chupa
Oct 18, 2011, 05:20 PM
Tried to update last night and it froze my ATV2. I had to do a restore w/ iTunes x3 before I could get it working again. Ironically the only USB Micro cable I owned was the one that came w/ my closeout HP TouchPad. Finally the thing was useful! Ha.

Windlasher
Oct 18, 2011, 05:38 PM
The update its needed. My Apple TV has had weird things happening. Mostly, it appears to reset itself or return to the top menu in the middle of watching a movie.

I'll wait until the kinks are worked out to apply the latest update.

thats probably because you have an update pending. if you assign a static IP and fake DNS server so it can't check for updates, it will stop doing that. It drove me nuts for a few days until i figured it out. I have 2 jailbroken AT2s and this fixed that.

Billy Boo Bob
Oct 18, 2011, 05:42 PM
I ran the 4.4 already and it seems to be working fine... Had (prior) a bad problem with reset/restart when watching my own content through iTunes shared, but it hasn't done that again yet. Had a problem with MLB.TV, but that's over now (no WS on that), so I don't know if it's fixed or not... Will test with archive games later on.

Guess I'll hold off on this 4.4.1 since I'm not seeing any bugs (probably just not using effected areas).

GooMan
Oct 18, 2011, 07:57 PM
I thought Aple pulled only the 4.4.1 update. I'm still running 4.3 and it says I'm up to date. Guess they pulled the 4.4 and the 4.4.1, anyone else seeing this?

Burke Hamblin
Oct 18, 2011, 08:19 PM
The 4.4.1 update rendered my Apple TV inoperable as well. It won't even do the restore in itunes, either on my ThinkPad or my brother's 27" iMac.

I suspect my ThinkPad's USB ports just don't have enough juice, and in OS X it continually pops up an error saying the device is using too much power and disables the USB ports.

Nearest Apple Store is over 2 hours away. I'll try a better quality cable and see if it's as simple as that.

Fingers crossed.

locust76
Oct 19, 2011, 12:42 AM
Pedantic alert. If the device can be restored by plugging into iTunes then the ATV was never 'bricked'. Bricking is unrecoverable save for recovery using specialised equipment.

You're one of those "Malware vs. Virus" kind of guys, aren't you?

Thing is, unless you even know that it's possible to recover the Apple TV yourself (and connecting the Apple TV via USB to your PC isn't exactly "normal usage" like an iPhone or iPad), the device is as good as bricked.

logandzwon
Oct 19, 2011, 06:52 AM
You're one of those "Malware vs. Virus" kind of guys, aren't you?

Thing is, unless you even know that it's possible to recover the Apple TV yourself (and connecting the Apple TV via USB to your PC isn't exactly "normal usage" like an iPhone or iPad), the device is as good as bricked.

Your one of those, "cars are only as good as their tank of gas," kind of guys, aren't you?

Thing is, unless you even know that it's possible to refill the gas tank yourself, (and opening the fuel door and gas cap isn't exactly, "normal driving,") the car is as good as junked.

digitalhen
Oct 19, 2011, 07:22 AM
http://www.uberphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ios5_no_pc.jpg

PC free.... unless you upgrade your Apple TV. Then you'll need a PC. And a micro-USB cable.

ubestbsteppin
Oct 19, 2011, 08:34 AM
I thought Aple pulled only the 4.4.1 update. I'm still running 4.3 and it says I'm up to date. Guess they pulled the 4.4 and the 4.4.1, anyone else seeing this?

Yes, same problem here.

bmoorhouse
Oct 19, 2011, 08:38 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

Where are Movie Trailers? I updated and can see the new sports channels, but can't find the trailers.

It's under the 'In Theatres' sub-menu under Movies. It was there before but they seem to have given the interface a bit of a spruce up.

Thanks.

Is it its own menu item, or just the way trailers are presented after selecting individual movies?

macpeach55
Oct 19, 2011, 10:32 AM
"Software update: Addresses an issue that required a small number of Apple TV units to be connected to iTunes in order to complete the update."

Well, I guess in a way they did address the issue; instead of a small number, now a LARGE number of people have to connect to iTunes!

wovel
Oct 19, 2011, 10:36 AM
You're one of those "Malware vs. Virus" kind of guys, aren't you?

Thing is, unless you even know that it's possible to recover the Apple TV yourself (and connecting the Apple TV via USB to your PC isn't exactly "normal usage" like an iPhone or iPad), the device is as good as bricked.

Well um he might be, but this was pedantic. Using malware and virus as synonyms is simply wrong (and misleading). Viruses are malware, but all malware are not viruses. From a security and user perspective the difference is huge.

You coud argue that finding a micro-USB cable and connecting to iTunes is using specialized equipment nd procedure. The Appe TV does not include a USB cable, does not require iTunes and most users have never connected it to a computer. I believe you have to either contact support or go on the Internet to find the proper procedure.

nburwell
Oct 19, 2011, 10:39 AM
My Apple TV is running 4.4 firmware, and it's working fine. Although NHL Gamecenter froze a couple times during the Habs/Sabres game last night. I don't know if there was a problem with the feed or a ATV/internet issue.

wovel
Oct 19, 2011, 10:43 AM
Your one of those, "cars are only as good as their tank of gas," kind of guys, aren't you?

Thing is, unless you even know that it's possible to refill the gas tank yourself, (and opening the fuel door and gas cap isn't exactly, "normal driving,") the car is as good as junked.
Filling the gas tank is a normal procedure, most if not all drivers do it frequently, and it is covered in the manual in the glove box.

I am not required to contact Ford technical support to figure out what to do when my car runs out of ga. (Or read the forums).

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My Apple TV is running 4.4 firmware, and it's working fine. Although NHL Gamecenter froze a couple times during the Habs/Sabres game last night. I don't know if there was a problem with the feed or a ATV/internet issue.

Both of mine are to. I think I will avoid the update menu for a bit.

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Filling the gas tank is a normal procedure, most if not all drivers do it frequently, and it is covered in the manual in the glove box.

I am not required to contact Ford technical support to figure out what to do when my car runs out of ga. (Or read the forums).

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Both of mine are to. I think I will avoid the update menu for a bit.

The manual does actually mention the recovery procedure :) http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Apple_TV_2nd_gen_Setup_Guide.pdf


It does require a micro-USB cable, not included.

Ilikestuff
Oct 19, 2011, 03:13 PM
Yes, same problem here.

Me too...any updates on this? (in terms of :apple:tv, or in an answer)

alphaod
Oct 19, 2011, 09:10 PM
Filling the gas tank is a normal procedure, most if not all drivers do it frequently, and it is covered in the manual in the glove box.

I am not required to contact Ford technical support to figure out what to do when my car runs out of ga. (Or read the forums).[COLOR="#808080"]


Actually you'd be surprised how many people don't know how to fill their car up with petrol.

I get a person ask me how to fill up their car once in a while. I think that's on par with not knowing what to do with updating their Apple TVs.

johnnymg
Oct 19, 2011, 11:54 PM
Wed night 9:00pm PST and NO update available for my ATV2 that is running 4.3. Looks like Apple pulled the update. :o

cheers
JohnG

jwlesh
Oct 20, 2011, 02:10 AM
I too downloaded the firmware and it locked up my AppleTV. I don't have a mini USB cord so I took it into the Apple Store. They tried resetting it by plugging it into iTunes but after one crash and a new person helping me (the first guy was fairly new and had never troubleshot an AppleTV) they informed me that engineering wanted to look at the ATV and they gave me a new one. For what it's worth.

maviso5
Oct 20, 2011, 06:25 AM
I've just tried looking for the update, still not showing for me - does this update show as 4.4.1? Just wondering if maybe it shows as 4.4 and my Apple TV updated itself without me knowing?

Stuipdboy1000
Oct 20, 2011, 07:02 AM
Re-issued 4.4.1 update still not showing for me (UK).

kornyboy
Oct 20, 2011, 09:06 AM
I thought Aple pulled only the 4.4.1 update. I'm still running 4.3 and it says I'm up to date. Guess they pulled the 4.4 and the 4.4.1, anyone else seeing this?

I'm getting the same thing.

picciano
Oct 20, 2011, 10:11 AM
4.4.1 update is not showing up in Colorado.:mad:

Silverbird0000
Oct 20, 2011, 10:14 AM
Now they just need to fix the Netflix sound-out-of-sync bug I encounter often enough to now fire up my Roku when wanting to watch Netflix. Only been about a year now... any second now... :apple:

When that happens, just rewind it a by a few seconds, then when it starts playing again, the sound will be in sync for the rest of the movie/tv show.

exbibyte
Oct 20, 2011, 06:49 PM
Don't see it either. I'll probably just stick with 4.4

theloon
Oct 21, 2011, 01:44 AM
UK here, and 4.4.1 still not showing up. Running 4.4, which at least finally fixed the incorrect 60Hz auto selecting and now allows you to correctly set to the ATV to 50Hz for UK/EU TVs.

macmyworld
Oct 23, 2011, 05:03 PM
No 4.4.1 for me either. Still running 4.3.

Ilikestuff
Oct 24, 2011, 10:50 AM
Anyone know what's the deal here? I'm still at 4.3 and it says that I'm up to date. It seems as though this has fallen through the cracks a bit...