Hot on the heels of posting the eagerly anticipated iTunes 11, a major revamp of the jukebox app focused on iCloud integration and cleaner navigation, Apple of California also started pushing an incremental update to the Apple TV, its $99 set-top box. The iOS 5.1.1 firmware number with a build number of 10A831 is now available as a Software Update for both the second and third-generation Apple TV. To apply it, just choose Settings > General > About on your Apple TV…

According to Apple’s website, this firmware update adds support for Up Next and includes stability and performance fixes:

iTunes Up Next

Adds support for Up Next with iTunes 11 or iTunes Match. See upcoming songs when playing music on your Apple TV. Add new songs and edit what’s queued with your Remote or with the Remote app.

Stability and performance

Includes performance and stability improvements with the iTunes Store, AirPlay, Netflix, iTunes Match, and wired Ethernet connections.

The previous Apple TV update with iOS 5.1 carrying a build number of 10A406e was released back in September. It brought a couple new features, such as enhanced AirPlay, iTunes account switching, Shared Photo Streams and more.

As it turned out, that build also introduced quite a few problems, ranging from Wi-Fi issues all the way to the complete Apple TV failure.

That said, please do report back in comments any issues with today’s update.

  • jvy

    nice update if it comes with nitotv,last fm,browser…

  • The picture is misleading. This update does NOT get you all those software. That’s a jailbroken AppleTV2.

  • JerseyD

    Is there a jailbreak for 5.1 on second gen Apple TV? If so i will stay on 5.1 but if not I’ll upgrade.

  • f1ght3r

    Hopefully this fixes shotty streaming I experience when airplaying from my macbook pro to apple tv 3.

  • AlaninMontreal

    I find this update to be extremely slow to update. Anyone else?

    • mattkin22

      Yes, especially towards the end of Step 1 of 2 in the install process, to the point where I thought my ATV was frozen. Unplugged mid-update (I know, I know) restarted, and re-updated, went much fast the second time.

    • Yes, very slow updating! Still waiting for step 1 of 2 to finish & it’s been over half an hour now. God I hate updating on ATV each time.

    • Mine did it in less than 10 minutes. I have an Apple TV 2 though don’t know if its slower for the third gen ATV

  • Well that was disappointing.

  • Venom Skorpion

    Terrible update. I can no longer rate my songs using the iPhone app