Apple has today made final version of tvOS 10.1 and watchOS 3.1.1 available for download on all compatible Apple TV and Apple Watch smartwatch devices.
The official public availability for both platforms comes after a series of pre-release seeds were issued to registered developers for testing and feedback. Here’s what you can expect to find embedded in these two new release, tvOS 10.1 as well as watchOS 3.1.1, for Apple TV (fourth generation) and Apple Watch, subsequently.
tvOS 10.1 for fourth-gen Apple TV
Has been one of Apple’s fastest growing platforms when you consider that tvOS has actually only been in existence for a single generation of hardware. This latest firmware release, makes tvOS 10.1 the newer version available for the platform, once again pushes what is possible with the set-top box, and introduces more new features into the living room on the Apple TV 4th-generation. One of the biggest update, that Apple has been promoting for a while now, is the inclusion of Single Sign-On feature, allowing TV owners to authenticate once and ever enjoy content from multiple services, such as Sling TV, DirecTV and DVTC Communications. Single-Sign on however is currently available on tvOS 10.0.x.
tvOS 10.1 also proudly delivers sporting Apple’s new TV app, designed to work across tvOS and iOS to instantly make media recommendations to users based on their live and past browsing history. Definitely, this is one worthy platform of an install, even if to get access to the new TV app that was respectively shown off during the recent Mac “hello again” event.
Owners are able to head on over to the software update mechanism (Settings > MAINTENANCE > Software Updates > Update Software) on the Apple TV right now and grab the latest tvOS 10.1 release as an over-the-air update.
watchOS 3.1.1 for Apple Watch
Is said not offering the same as tvOS 10.1 introduced a few outward-facing changes for users, but watchOS 3.1.1 for Apple Watch is different.
In fact, this is very much an incremental point update to the wearable platform that looks to progressively streamline the watchOS experience on all available Apple Watch models. With this latest Apple Watch firmware update gone live, 3.1.1 version is entirely about performance improvements and enhancements that should make the watchOS experience more pleasant one.
Anyone with Apple Watch, whether it could be the first-generation, or Series 1 or Series 2, is able to update to watchOS 3.1.1 right now via the accompanying Watch app on iPhone.
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