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Apple TV 2.0 update now available [updated x3]

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
News Categories: Apple TV

Apple has released the much-anticipated 2.0 update of the Apple TV software. The update brings a redesigned interface to the set-top box, as well as support for SD and HD movie rentals, iTunes Store browsing and purchasing directly from the device, AirTunes capabilities, flickr photo browsing, and more. For a more complete look at the changes, read our feature article. The Apple TV 2.0 update is available now through the “Update Software” menu selection in the Apple TV’s Setting menu.

Updated: The Apple TV 2.0 update currently offers 75 high-definition movie rentals, a new introductory movie,

and unlike the version demonstrated at Macworld Expo in January does not appear to include a 1080p resolution setting

. Apple’s updating process requires at least six restarts of the Apple TV, three of which include progress bars showing that the update is currently underway, and concludes with the playback of a new movie that replaces the “wall of videos” Apple TV 1.0/1.1 introduction with a slightly different version.

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Update 2: iLounge editors have been playing with the Apple TV 2.0 update and found that the 1080p resolution option is there, but may not appear on your first attempt to find it. When you look under Settings > Video > TV Resolution using a 1080p-ready television set, you may be presented with 6 or 7 options—720p HD, 1080i HD, 480p, 720p HD - 50 Hz, 1080i HD - 50 Hz, and 576p - 50Hz should be there, with 1080p HD appearing under 720p HD. One of our editors had the 1080p option appear immediately; the other had to turn his TV on and off to make the HDMI connection re-handshake before it appeared. Both editors noticed that the user interface was not crisper with 1080p turned on; rather, it looked fuzzier, as if it was being upscaled from lower-resolution artwork, rather than Apple TV downscaling its fonts and images from 1080p-ready source materials.

Update 3: We’ve added a few 720p/1080p pictures to this article; click on the headline, or below, to see them.

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1

Yeah, life is now worth living again!

But, wait, no 1080p?!?!?  Argh, how will I go on?

Posted by mwilgar on February 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

2

I do have 1080p resolution on my 40Gb AppleTV 2.0 !  It is a European version (if there is a difference…)

Posted by Aad on February 12, 2008 at 1:56 PM (PDT)

3

Can’t wait to go home and tweak the video settings.

Posted by Raj Ramachandran on February 12, 2008 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

4

The update has a 1080P setting. I set mine to it after upgrading.

Posted by Brent on February 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM (PDT)

5

I look forward to the HD picture quality reviews!!!!

Posted by chris on February 12, 2008 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

6

Does it still have the hidden 480i setting the old software had?  Or is that gone as it seems in the pics.

Posted by eric on February 12, 2008 at 4:34 PM (PDT)

7

Awesome. AppleTV software 1.0 had no “sort by name” listing. AppleTV 1.1 added that. Awesome. I went through and named all my stuff in the “sort by name”. AppleTV 2.0, doesn’t have that. Thanks, Steve.

Posted by Mikey on February 12, 2008 at 5:33 PM (PDT)

8

do anyone know…are they now shipping with the update already on them or are they sending out ones that still must be updated? thanks so much. its for my dads birthday and i want to get him one that doesnt need to be updated out of the box

Posted by brock cameron on February 12, 2008 at 6:02 PM (PDT)

9

soooooo airtunes is definitely the best new feature

Posted by twitzgall on February 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM (PDT)

10

apple tv is misleading in terms of hd resolution. hd movies resolution is only up to 1080x720 (which is 720p), not true hd of 1920x1080 (which is 1080p).

don’t mistaken yourself with tv resolution setup & movie resolution output.

Posted by tigerinroc on February 12, 2008 at 9:15 PM (PDT)

11

isnt a lot of comcast HD in 720p

Posted by don on February 12, 2008 at 10:01 PM (PDT)

12

Updated my Apple TV last night, and while trying to rent a movie, logging into iTunes kept coming back with “invalid Apple ID”. My iTunes ID works fine on my Mac. Anyone else experience this?

Posted by RNB in Bakersfield, CA on February 13, 2008 at 8:56 AM (PDT)

13

I’m I the only one that is bothered that Apple still has not incorporated a search tool for the music content on the Apple TV and PC connected to it?  I have a lot of music and whenever I want to listen to ZZ-Top or a particular song that begins with ‘W’ it is a long wait holding down the down button on the remote.  iPod’s have had a quick search tool for awhile, why not the Apple TV?

Posted by Jason on February 13, 2008 at 9:55 AM (PDT)

14

@tigerinroc:  720p/1080i IS true HD.  For the first few years that HD sets were sold, there was no such thing as 1080p.  Please check your facts.

Posted by Just Me on February 13, 2008 at 10:02 AM (PDT)

15

well its an amazing update the question is when will we here on mexico will get the itunes store almost 5 years out and no store anyway i have the apple tv and its an amazing product hope to squeeze it one day with the itunes store

Posted by alex on February 13, 2008 at 3:12 PM (PDT)

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