Apple seeds Apple TV 5.4 beta 3 to developers

By , Jul 29, 2013

Apple TV software beta 3

Alongside iOS 7 beta 4, Apple has seeded beta 3 of Apple TV 5.4 software to developers this morning. The update isn’t nearly as expansive as its iOS device counterpart, but it does bring about a number of improvements and bug fixes.

Interestingly enough, the new beta also appears to allow users running iOS 7 to setup their Apple TV with their iPhone or iPad after a full restore or resetting all settings (iPhone 4 and iPad 2 not supported). Release notes after the fold…

Here is a list of the changes:

Notes: You can now use an iOS 7 device to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings. (iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are not supported.)

– Apple TV may not connect to the Internet on first boot after an iTunes Restore when using Ethernet.
– Music playback may skip over tracks when AirPlay is engaged.
– AirPlay of audio from the Music app may fail to start up properly.
– Attempting to delete a station in iTunes Radio may cause Apple TV to crash.
– Switching between Apple IDs may cause music libraries to fail to load.
– Audio volume may increase dramatically during AirPlay.
– When using AirPlay to send music to Apple TV, advancing to the next track may fail.
– You may notice these issues when fast-forwarding 3rd party content:
– Audio continues to play while video is fast-forwarding.
– Resuming playback after fast-forwarding can result in a temporarily stuck video frame.
– Apple TV may become sluggish or unresponsive immediately after signing in to an iTunes Store account.
– iTunes Match or Purchased music content may not be listed alphabetically. Use Search as an alternative for finding content.

If you’re a registered developer, you can download the new Apple TV beta firmware here.¬†And as always, we welcome you to let us know if you spot any changes that we haven’t mentioned yet by e-mailing us at

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  • Neil Sardesai

    All of the changes are bugs?…

    • TrevorG

      Those are not the changes. Those are the things that were fixed with this new seed. Poorly written.

  • Kareem Michel

    What’s the build number?

  • TrevorG

    You quoted everything in such a way as to make it look like its just a bunch of new bugs. Those are things that were mentioned as fixes in this latest release. Doesn’t this break the NDA anyways?

  • Raul Flores

    The file name is “AppleTV3,1_6.0_11A4435d_Restore”. I don’t know if anyone noticed but the update its no longer 5.4 it jumped to 6.0