Apple TV in Hand

Apple is focused on pushing its fourth-generation Apple TV with the Siri Remote and built-in App Store, but that doesn’t mean the company has forgotten about owners of the older third-generation Apple TVs.

Thursday, a minor over-the-air Apple TV 7.2.1 software update was released for the $69 third-generation Apple TV.

The firmware update can be applied through the Software Update mechanism in the device’s Settings menu.

Although this particular software update for the third-generation Apple TV has the same version number as the previous one (iOS 8.4.1), the build number has changed to “12H523” so this tells us that the update is most likely focused on under-the-hood improvements, bug fixes and other internal changes.

the security content of the Apple TV 7.2.1 update can be examined in Apple’s support document. We’ll update the post if additional information becomes available.

  • Alex Wilson

    Still rocking my ATV1 – great for my RV, load a bunch of movies and off I go. Wish the new ones had hard drives too. Oh well it still works, and after a couple of hours on it I can cook an egg – still working on the bacon though. 😉

    • Jerry

      wish I would of gotten that one off ebay instead of this crap from bestbuy. I thought airplay would be better then what it really was

    • Rowan09

      The new one comes in 32 and 64GB

      • Alex Wilson

        I’ll probably pick one up at some point, but for now I have a HTPC using an older MacMini and an ATV3 in the bedroom. The ATV1 has a 160GB HD as I recall. Can you confirm that you can actually upload a movie to an ATV4 or only ones that I buy through Apple? I’ve no desire to repurchase some old movies.

      • Ed

        You can’t.

      • Alex Wilson

        Thanks Ed. Deal killer as far as my motorhome use. The FireTV is looking a bit better if my ATV1 ever dies.

      • Ed

        Maybe Apple will change that policy in the future. But for now they’re not allowing apps to store data on your device. Still, I do love my ATV4. I have a NAS at home and I stream all my movies from it thru Infuse, which is great for me, because I don’t need to run a ‘decoding server’ like Plex does. I knew this before buying my ATV4, that’s why I decided to go with the 32GB.

    • Mark S

      I hear you. Selling off my ATV1s. Moved all my content to Kodi on a FireTV and a Minix box.

      • Alex Wilson

        Been looking at that option too. I use Kodi on my HTPC and prefer the interface.

  • Jerry

    most useless apple tv model. no jailbreak. everything is paid subscriptions all it’s good for is airplay and even that sucks if you dont have a current phone.

    • David

      replace the trailers app with PlexConnect and most useful apple tv ever. Access to all your local media, external channels everything. Who needs airplay

      • Jerry

        Wow didn’t even know this was possible! Thank you!! How do I get external channels on plex?

      • David

        oh by channels I mean sites, ie youtube, I think there’s a spotify one and many others. But there are also a couple of method of getting live tv (OTA) with a TV tuner.

      • Ed

        Infuse is actually better IMO.

    • M_Hawke

      Been enjoying my ATV3 for over a year now. No complaints. Not missing a thing.

  • It needed it. Music streaming from the iPhone is terrible with both Music and Spotify. The connection gets very poor and it goes down every time after 3 musics or so.

  • Martynet

    Who cares about apple tv 3 😀

  • TechnoBuff

    Apple is not perfect but you have to give them kudos for not abandoning old products which you cannot say for some other OEMs

  • M_Hawke

    But this is only possible on the ATV 4, correct?

    • David

      No plex connect is designed for non jail broken atv3. Atv4 you just download the plex app.

      • M_Hawke

        I looked at the site and I do not see how you would get the app on an ATV3.