Apple on Tuesday released tvOS 9.1, an operating system update for the fourth-generation
The tvOS 9.1 update includes the ability to search Apple Music via Siri, compatibility with Apple’s Remote app on iOS, bug fixes, and performance improvements.
To update the Apple TV, open the Settings app. Then select System > Software Update > Update Software > Download and Install.
Why this matters: This is a pretty huge update, and both key features were sorely needed.
We complained the loudest about the lack of Remote app support, since using the software keyboard on the iPhone to enter usernames, passwords, and search terms is about a zillion times easier than hunting-and-pecking a letter at a time with
the Siri Remote (or even with the
old remote, to be honest). The
lack of Siri support for Apple Music on the Apple TV was confusing too, since it
works so well on iOS. Apple had promised to get it working in
early 2016, so we’re glad the company beat its own estimate. Both of these additions make the Apple TV easier to recommend as a holiday gift.