Hands on with the new Apple TV interface [Video]

By , Mar 7, 2012

The Apple TV received an update to its interface, shortly after today’s iPad media event.

The interface, while nice at first glance, does little more than spiffy up the Apple TV’s Home screen. Underneath the friendly bubble based interface, you’ll find the same text-based menus of old.

It’s basically just a shiny coat of new paint on top of the Apple TV’s plain jane UI. It’s certainly not a sole reason to purchase an Apple TV, or negate your jailbreak just to enjoy the new UI…

For that reason, unless you don’t care about jailbreaking the Apple TV 2, we recommend you hold off on this update. From what we can tell from our brief hands on experience, it does little more than pretty up the Home screen. Oh, and there’s a few new screensaver images thrown in for good measure.

We’re still digging into the update, but so far, it doesn’t look like a compelling enough reason to update unless you don’t care about jailbreaking.

Of course, for those of you planning on purchasing a new Apple TV for the 1080p capabilities, the updated UI is just an added bonus, not an outright reason to upgrade (unless of course you want the full HD).

What do you think about the Apple TV’s new interface?

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  • Anonymous

    Can you rearrange or hide the new icons at all? If not its barely an improvement. Definitely sticking to my ATV2 until a jailbreak and XBMC port comes to the new 1080p AppleTV

  • Anonymous

    That’s good to know. I’ll keep the JB and upgrade to the new one once that gets jailbroken.

  • I actually hate XBMC on the AppleTV. I’ll stick to watching Hulu+ on my 360.

  • I cant seem to update man, still saying that my Apple TV is up to date, might be delayed a bit.

  • My first impressions are that it’s not very Apple!!

    I actually think its a bit cluttered

  • really sick of apple releasing updates that aren’t updates… been happening for at least two years. Next iPhone better be quite something…

  • i am use airparrot to stream my mac with apple tv2 to my big tv so i dont need to jailbreak my apt2.

  • I actually like this upgrade, it’s so much more colourful.

  • The new pictures are downloaded from National Geographic.

  • Anonymous

    I jailbroke my apple tv because how cool you said it was and as it turns out browsing through content was cumbersome and a down right mess. Now I find it funny that you’re disappointed with this new UI when it’s 1000X better than the crappy UI you have to wade through after you jailbreak. With AirPlay mirroring, there’s really no need to jailbreak – I can now watch Hulu and pretty much anything else I want(while maintaining a consistent and beautiful UI).

  • I hate the new user interface and wish I could revert back to the old one. I think it’s ugly and clunky looking. Very disappointing!

  • Anonymous

    I just purchased an apple tv (2G) yesterday still running 4.4.4, and Im trying to jailbreak but whenever itunes kicks in through Seas0npass is says error “Apple tv not compatible with this build”… Is there any way to get around this to still jailbreak it?