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Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 3.0.2 (Updated)

Apple has released Apple TV Software 3.0.1, the latest software update for its set-top box. While the software is available through the “Update Software” feature in the Apple TV’s General Settings menu, Apple’s official Apple TV software update support document has yet to be updated with any information on what, if any, new features or improvements might be included in software 3.0.2. Apple last updated the Apple TV’s software last Novemeber with version 3.0.1, which Apple urged users to install immediately due its containing a fix for a bug that caused content to temporarily disappear until it was resynced.

Updated: iLounge’s editors have tested the latest update and changes appear to be confined mostly to bug fixes and stability improvements. The 3.0.2 update most notably appears to fix some serious HDMI-related issues that appeared in 3.0.1, in which synchronization would occasionally be lost, requiring a reboot of the Apple TV unit. Although some users have speculated that this update may include new features related to Aperture 3.0, we have seen no evidence of this, as the Apple TV continues to work with Aperture 3.0 in much the same way as previous versions of Aperture; no support for Faces or Places, for instance, is offered by the Apple TV after it is updated. However, full compatibility with Aperture 3.0 would likely also require a future iTunes update to implement.

Update x2: Apple has updated its Apple TV software update support document to include details of this latest release. According to the document, Apple TV Software 3.0.2 “includes fixes for Genius playlists, MobileMe gallery photos, iTunes U content, Internet Radio, and other media-related features. The update also includes performance and connectivity fixes for Apple TV.”

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“ support for Faces or Places, for instance, is offered by the Apple TV after it is updated”

3.0.1 introduced faces into the photo tab of ATV with the usual cork background seen in iPhoto.

Are you suggesting 3.0.2 removes this feature as it has been a real hit with our friends and family.

Posted by Joseph Kiddell on February 12, 2010 at 3:42 AM (CST)


The feature still works as expected with iPhoto.  The update above was referring to the Apple TV when used with an Aperture library on the back-end rather than iPhoto.  Aperture is Apple’s “Pro” photo management application, and a new 3.0 version was released earlier this week that includes iPhoto features like Faces, slideshows and videos.

Due to the timing of the two software releases there had been some speculation that the Apple TV update may have been intended to add support for Aperture 3.0’s new features.

At this point, Apple TV 3.0.2 doesn’t change anything with regards to how Aperture is supported, despite the fact that many of Aperture’s new features such as Faces, video clips and slideshows sync fine for iPhoto users.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 12, 2010 at 7:57 AM (CST)


I’ve update the software to the 3.0.2 and I’m experiencing a lot of issue and the AppTV is not connecting with the iTunes Store at all.
I’ve reset it to the factory store and still not working.
Hopefully I will get some answer from Apple in order to solve the problem.

Posted by Edoardo on February 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM (CST)


Im have issues with the 3.0.2 I have two apple tv’s and with the new software they will never fully sync. or will sync for 8hrs and only be 1/4 of the way done.Is anyone else having this issue?

Posted by mark on February 17, 2010 at 9:36 PM (CST)

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