How to restart or put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2015

By now, you have learned how to use the new Apple TV’s task switcher, rearrange and delete apps on the set-top box, take screenshots, disable password prompts for free and paid downloads and more.

Our coverage of the device continues with this tutorial which will teach you how to restart your Apple TV or put it into sleep or standby mode using either its remote or by selecting an option in the Settings menu. Read More


How to check how much storage space apps and games are taking up on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2015

The new Apple TV comes in 32GB and 64GB flavors and choosing the model that’s right for you is influenced by your intended usage.

Apple TV apps don’t get persistent storage as tvOS automatically manages caching and purging downloaded content when storage is low.

Some apps, when in use, also require additional storage to cache content, like On-Demand Resources in games. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you to check out how much storage space an app is taking up on your Apple TV 4. Read More


How to update your Apple TV software

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2015

Now that the new Apple TV’s operating system has become a true software platform in its own right—joining iOS, OS X and watchOS—Apple can more easily than before add new features to the experience by way of software updates.

Like its predecessor, the fourth-generation Apple TV will put up a message when a software update is available. Sometimes, the notification may get delayed, or not show up at all.

Should this happen to you, you will need to check for updates manually and this tutorial will teach you how to do just that. Read More


How to pair a Bluetooth controller with the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

I finally got around to opening my SteelSeries Nimbus, and that gave me a good opportunity to check out the Apple TV pairing process for Bluetooth controllers. As you might imagine, the process is ridiculously easy and straightforward, especially if you have a device like the Nimbus, which was designed with the Apple TV in mind. Read More


How to play classic Nintendo and Sega games on Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

I’ve been playing Super Mario World on my Apple TV, and I absolutely love it. I’m able to do this by loading an emulator called Provenance on my Apple TV. You won’t find Provenance in the App Store, but Apple has given us the ability to sideload apps ourselves, and Provenance is one such app that can be sideloaded.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to sideload Provenance, and how to start playing old Nintendo and Sega Classics on your Apple TV, including the NES, SNES, GBA, Genesis, Game Gear, and more. If you like classic games, then you simply don’t want to miss this. Read More


How to disable password prompts for both free and paid downloads on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

You are probably aware that you can disable password prompts altogether for free downloads made on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. As an added layer of protection, iOS and OS X will either require your Apple ID password for each paid download or after fifteen minutes of making your last purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store or Mac App Store, depending on your preference.

What you cannot do on iOS and OS X is disable password prompts for both free and paid downloads. On the new Apple TV, however, it’s possible to turn off password protection for both free and paid items and this tutorial will help you do just that. Read More


How to quickly switch between apps on the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

Did you know that you don’t have to go back to the Home screen every time you wish to switch between an app on the Apple TV? Unlike the Apple TV of old, the new version allows you to quickly switch between apps similar to how its done on iOS. In the brief video tutorial that follows, we’ll show you how it’s done. Read More


Apple TV 4 supports stereoscopic 3DTV content

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Your brand spanking new Apple TV does a lot of nice things pretty well, and some really cool ones Apple hasn’t even mentioned officially.

As first discovered by developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, the set-top box can actually render stereoscopic 3D content provided an app has implemented the functionality and the customer owns a 3D-enabled TV set to enjoy it on.

Specifically, he has identified stereoscopic 3D support within Pangea Software’s Bugdom 2, which has been refreshed in the App Store to work on the new Apple TV. Read More


How to delete apps on the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

Along with rearranging apps in a similar manner to how it’s done on iOS, deleting apps on the Apple TV is a familiar exercise as well. Like iOS, there are two ways to delete apps from the Apple TV—from the Home screen and from the Settings app. Check out our video walkthrough that show you both methods in detail. Read More


How to rearrange apps on the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

Rearranging apps on the Apple TV works much like it does on iOS. First you enter into “wiggle mode” and then you move the user-installed apps to your preferred location. The big difference here is that everything’s done via the Siri Remote’s Touch surface instead of your finger. Still, moving apps on the Apple TV is super-easy to do; we’ll show you how in our brief video walkthrough. Read More


How to take an Apple TV screenshot

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

Unlike an iPhone or an iPad, it’s not as easy to take a screenshot on the Apple TV, but it can be done. On the iPhone, it’s just a matter of pressing the Home and Sleep button at the same time, but on the Apple TV, it requires a USB-C Cable, a Mac, and Xcode. In other words, it takes a lot more effort to take screenshots of tvOS than it does iOS. Read More


Amazon pulls all Apple TV hardware from sale

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Responding to the Apple TV 4 launch day and the warm reception the device has received from reviewers thus far, online retail giant Amazon has now removed all Apple TV models from sale on its online stores.

Earlier this month, Amazon warned customers that it would stop selling both Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle and Apple’s set-top box in an effort to prevent “customer confusion” over devices that don’t “interact well” with its Prime Video service. Read More


The best Apple TV apps and games for your big screen TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

The Apple TV launch will be accompanied by a surprisingly comprehensive list of third-party apps and games, some of  which were shown off on stage during Apple’s media presentation last month. Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, a much larger selection of premium triple-A games and apps is available for the device.

We’ve compiled a list of the games and apps that we think are going to make a difference on the big screen. If you have pre-ordered your Apple TV, bookmark this article as you’ll want to download these apps as soon as your shiny new box drops on your doorstep. Read More


Apple begins shipping new Apple TVs, releases final 9.0 build, and launches App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Big things are happening with the new Apple TV. Not only have numerous readers received their now shipping notifications, alluding to a Friday arrival, Apple has also made several significant necessary infrastructure changes for tomorrow’s big launch.

First and foremost, the App Store is now live for the Apple TV. Twitter is flowing with screenshots and images of the new Apple TV App Store. Although its discovery elements are still questionable, Apple is probably still in the midst of rolling out the categories section and top charts section. Remember, the actual launch isn’t until tomorrow, so anything can change between now and then.

Secondly, Apple has released the final build of its tvOS software that powers the new Apple TV. In fact, you can download tvOS 9.0 right now. Read More


Watch Apple’s Cue explaining Apple TV benefits

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, gave CNN a tour of the new Apple TV, which hits Apple’s retail stores tomorrow.

Reiterating that to Apple, television is about apps, Cue called the fourth-generation box “absolutely” more than a hobby project for Apple.

“We have over 20 million Apple TV’s in households today,” he said. “We think this is really going to revolutionize television. So this is a big deal for us.” Read More


New Apple TV lacking Siri search for Apple Music and App Store apps

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

As the new Apple TV is scheduled to hit Apple’s retail stores tomorrow, first reviews are now in. Journalists who were given a chance to spend some quality time with review units are praising evolutionary improvements to the living room experience while highlighting untapped potential for the refreshed $149 device.

One of the common complaints focuses on Siri and its inability to search apps for the Apple TV in a dedicated App Store. In addition, reports are noting that users won’t be able to search Apple Music with their voice at launch, the omission Apple claims will be addressed with a software update due at the beginning of next year. Read More


New Apple TV hitting Apple Stores on Friday

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2015

After launching online orders for its fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple will start selling the new set-top box at its retail stores on Friday, October 30, 9to5Mac learned from sources close to the matter.

In addition to sales via the Apple Online Store and company-owned retail stores, the new Apple TV is listed for pre-order at other resellers like Best Buy and B&H. Read More


Should you order your new Apple TV with 32GB or 64GB of storage?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2015

Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for its fourth-generation set-top box, the Apple TV, ahead of official launch this coming Friday.

The box comes in two storage flavors: one with thirty-two gigabytes of built-in flash storage, costing $149, and the other featuring double the storage for $199.

There has been some confusion as to how users might benefit from twice the storage, especially in relation to third-party apps and games.

So, should you order a 32 or 64GB Apple TV model? Read More


FireCore releases Seas0npass 0.9.7 to jailbreak the latest Apple TV 2 firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015

If you have an Apple TV 2 running the latest firmware—iOS 7.1.2—then you’ll be happy to hear that you can now jailbreak using FireCore’s well-regarded Seas0npass tool. Unfortunately this jailbreak is of the tethered variety, but outside of the initial hassle, that doesn’t matter much for something like a set top box that’s almost always powered on.

FireCore quietly released a beta update to Seas0npass, which comes in at version 0.9.7. This update works with OS X El Capitan and Apple TV 2 firmware 6.2.1 (iOS 7.1.2).

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Apple invites developers to submit their tvOS apps

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2015

Following the release of the tvOS Golden Master earlier today, Apple is now inviting developers to begin submitting their app submissions for the new Apple TV, which should be available by the end of next. Read More