“The Apple TV’s interface is only vaguely similar to the one on your iPhone or iPad, but inside the set-top box is the same hardware and software that runs the rest of the iDevices,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica. “Alongside iOS 8, Apple [yesterday] introduced ‘Apple TV Software version 7.0,’ a fancy name for ‘the Apple TV’s version of iOS 8.'”
“The new update tweaks the design to bring it in line with iOS 7, iOS 8, and the upcoming OS X Yosemite,” Cunningham reports. “Helvetica Neue Light is everywhere, and glassy buttons and faint blue glows are replaced by flat black-and-white buttons.”
“The new design is what you’ll notice first, but the Apple TV picks up a few other iOS 8-related features, too. The box supports Family Sharing, the feature that lets family members with different Apple IDs share purchases with one another,” Cunningham reports. “There’s a new Beats Music channel, which ties in to the streaming service Apple picked up when it bought Beats earlier this year. And AirPlay now works with other iDevices, even if they’re not on the same Wi-Fi network—now, devices can form an ad-hoc wireless network and stream that way. ”
See the full gallery of Apple TV screenshots here.
Apple releases iOS 8 and Apple TV Software Update 7.0 – September 17, 2014