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Apple TV 6.1 and Remote 4.2 Bring Welcome Interface Improvements

by Josh Centers

Apple has released Apple TV 6.1, available for the second- and third-generation Apple TV models. The key improvement for end users is an easier method of hiding unwanted apps. To download the update manually, choose Settings > General > Software Updates > Update Software.

Previously, to hide an app, you had to fiddle with parental controls (as I described in my book, “Take Control of Apple TV [1]”). Now, the interface for hiding apps has moved to Settings > Main Menu. If you have enabled restrictions in Settings > General > Restrictions, you must enter your passcode to hide or show apps.

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You can also now easily hide apps from the main menu. To do so, hold down the Select button on your remote until the apps shake (this won’t work on the top “dock” row), press Play/Pause, and select Hide This Item. To unhide an app, choose Settings > Main Menu and set the app to Show.

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The update features a number of security fixes [4] as well.

Apple has also updated the Remote [5] app for iOS to version 4.2, which adds content controls for iTunes Radio and purchased content from the iTunes Store. By default, Remote 4.2 dedicates the first tab to iTunes Radio. Select a station and it plays on your Apple TV. If you tap More, you can play purchased TV shows, movies, rentals, and music videos directly on your Apple TV, without involving AirPlay. To take advantage of the new features, you must first update your Apple TV to version 6.1.

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[1]: http://tid.bl.it/tco-apple-tv-tidbits
[2]: http://tidbits.com/resources/2014-03/ATV-Main-Menu-menu.png
[3]: http://tidbits.com/resources/2014-03/ATV-hide-from-main-menu.png
[4]: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6163
[5]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remote/id284417350?mt=8&at=10l5PW
[6]: http://tidbits.com/resources/2014-03/Remote-4-2.png