What Operating System Does The New Apple TV Use?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rs14smith, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Hey everyone,

    I can't seem to find a straight answer on what OS the new Apple TV uses. Some articles I'm finding online are stating it's using a stripped down version of Mac OSX, and some are saying it's using the iOS. I didn't see it on the Apple webpage displaying the device nor in the specs section.

    I'm doing a report and just trying to confirm which OS it uses, and if possible find a reputable source that states it.

    Thanks ! :)
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    iOS is a stripped down version of Mac OSX (so it just becomes OSX) with some additional custom stuff on it.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    At present it uses iOS4.0

    Hopefully an update to iOS4.2 will happen soon.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Not to contradict the previous poster....but...the second generation AppleTV runs on iOS, the same operating system used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

    I guess you could say that IOS is a stripped down version of OS X...but the fact is the ATV2 runs the same operating system as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (as stated above) and can be jailbroken with the same tools as those that jailbreak the iPhones and iPad.

    A search in Google will confirm.
  5. macrumors P6


    The Apple TV 2 runs iOS 4.1, not 4.0.
  6. macrumors regular

    So in a nut shell, the following devices use the iOS: iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV?

    I know the versions may differ, but at the root, it's iOS in general?
  7. macrumors G4


    Says version 4.0 in the settings, no updates available.
  8. macrumors P6


    Yes, also include iPad in your list. And remember it's iPod Touch, not iPod.

    Says 4.1 in the SystemVersion.plist. http://theiphonewiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mojave_8M89_(Apple_TV_2G)
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Everyone here is wrong.

    Apple TV2 runs WindowsXP.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    That is the appletv software version, the old appletv was on 3.x, so this is version 4 of appletv software. Version 4 of atv software happens to be iOS 4.1.

    Versions 1-3 were based on Tiger.
  11. macrumors G4


    Ah. That makes sense. Hopefully iOS 4.2 is shown as 4.2 on everything.
  12. macrumors regular

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    WTH?! Don't give bad info. The os for the new apple tv has nothing to do codewise from the original. It runs IOS, a different code lineage that the old systems OS.
  13. macrumors P6


    That may be, but it is shown as version 4 to the consumer to keep the Apple TV line the same. Because remember, 4 comes after 3.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Fragmentation! Are you seeing this Android haters? ;)

    But yeah, the old Apple TV (which I think is a superior machine TBH) runs OS X with a front end called "Backrow" - a modified version of Front Row. The new Apple TV runs iOS with a front end called "Lowtide" which can also be hacked onto the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
  15. macrumors P6


    Hardly fragmentation. All of the hardware is under Apple's control. Where as Android is under to control of many different hardware manufactures. And one could say that the iPhone/iOS became "fragmented" the day the iPod Touch 1G came out.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone back in 2007, it was talked about being a derivative of Mac OS X, because iOS (according to Wikipedia):

    "iOS is derived from Mac OS X, with which it shares the Darwin foundation, and is therefore a Unix-like operating system by nature."

    As everyone on here has said, the original Apple TV in its various software versions was Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)-based, but this one is completely iOS-based (the motherboard is even similar to the iPad's!).

    So, in short, everyone but the iPod classic, nano, and shuffle that Apple sells is Darwin-based.
  17. macrumors regular

    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C134 Safari/6533.18.5)

    No it's not shown as version 4 so the user sees it as being version 4 of atv. It's version 4 since it runs version 4 of IOS.
  18. macrumors P6


    But remember the average user doesn't not know that the ATV2 runs a different OS the the ATV1.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    The average user didn't know the Apple TV existed until the second version :D Jokes aside, I don't think people are going to get too confused - and they've sold a LOT of these already.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    I didn’t say it had anything to do code-wise with the original. In fact, I said the original was based on Tiger. However, the current version of software on the new Atv is the fourth iteration of software for Atvs. I guess we will know for sure when the Atv is updated to 4.2; will it skip to 4.2 or be 4.1 of Atv…
  21. macrumors member


    so thats why it keeps freezing!!!! Lmfao!!! :d

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