Apple TV 6.1 update adds new way to hide apps

By , Mar 10, 2014

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In addition to launching iOS 7.1 for the iPhone and iPad today, Apple also rolled out new firmware to the Apple TV. The software, labeled as version 6.1, brings about a handful of improvements, including the ability to hide channel icons from the ATV’s Main Menu.

While you could hide icons in previous versions of Apple TV software, the process was very convoluted, forcing you into the Settings menu > General > Restrictions > Hide. But with today’s update, you can now skip all that and hide icons right from the home screen…

As noted by MacRumors, you can initiate this action by selecting an icon on the main menu and then pressing and holding the Select button on your Apple TV remote. The icon should start to wiggle, giving you the option to hide it or to move its location about the menu.

This feature may seem insignificant, but it underscores Apple’s ongoing efforts to improve the software on its set-top box. In addition to these hide/rearrange icon management additions, the company has also added a number of channels to the ATV within the past year.

If you’re not seeing the 6.1 update on your Apple TV, you can fetch it manually by going into Settings > General > Software Update. Note that there’s been no word yet on when/if the firmware will be jailbroken, so if you have or want that for your ATV, stay away.

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  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    “Note that there’s been no word yet on when/if the firmware will be jailbroken, so if you have or want that for your ATV, stay away.”

    This is because afaik no one is working on an ATV jailbreak yet. Instead of the website isios7jailbrokenyet (which by the way hasn’t been claimed by the evad3rs as far as I can see) what we really need is the website isappletvjailbrokenyet since a crowd funded reward for jailbreaking an Apple TV could really motivate people. Perhaps I’m wrong though or maybe hackers are just waiting for Apples new rumoured ATV?

    • max

      it’s not that easy to jaibreak an apple tv. There is no known exploit. No web browser, no email function. where do you want to attack?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        To this I answer the following:

        How would I know where to attack? Only after months of research could I give you the answer and even then months is more than likely going to turn into years and years into decades and decades into centuries and centuries into never, ever, ever…

        A security researcher on the other hand (someone that likely has experience in breaking things) could probably tell you a lot more. The problem is I don’t think anyone like the evad3rs is interested in doing any research on the Apple TV…

      • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

        Video Playback…

  • Logan

    We wouldn’t need to hide thee apps if Apple had an App store for the Apple TV.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Or if they’d just give us root access to the device so we could delete half of the crappy channels :P