Apple releases tvOS 9.1 beta 1

Apple today seeded tvOS developers with tvOS 9.1 beta 1, the new operating system that powers the new Apple TV.

tvOS 9.0, which was released with the new Apple TV, has been criticized by users as being unfinished in many areas. After spending a few days with our units, the new Apple TV has more rough edges than a sack of saw blades.

In addition, there are other items longtime Apple users would expect the company to have had ready at release, for example, Apple’s own Remote app is incompatible with the new Apple TV, forcing users to use the included Siri remote to slowly plod through an alphabetized onscreen keyboard.

To update, tvOS betas require the Apple TV unit to be connected to the developer’s Mac with a USB-C to USB-A cable. The tvOS beta software is then downloaded and installed via iTunes.

MacDailyNews Take: We still can’t get over the fact that Apple’s Remote app is incompatible with the new Apple TV. An intern could have banged that out over the weekend. We exaggerate for effect, but not by much.

Is Apple Inc. growing too quickly and getting too overstuffed with post-Steve newbie employees who think “good enough” is good enough?

The state of the new Apple TV upon release is a worrying sign. AAPL shareholders should be mindful.

Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015


  1. It has been quite apparent that post Jobs Apple does not have the attention to detail it once did. It’s probably better than most companies still but I’m finding the ATV4 a bit of an anticlimax. I expected a lot more.

  2. I really love the new Apple TV. I absolutely won’t be returning the 2 I bought. It should have worked with the remote from day one but it’s not a big enough issue to make me return mine.

    I honestly think we’ll see the AppleTV updated at the same pace as the phone. Which is why we’re seeing a 9.1 updated pushed to developers so quickly.

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