March 11, 2012, 8:45 AM —
On Wednesday, Apple introduced a new version--the third generation--of its Apple TV media player, adding support for 1080p video and debuting a major update to the device's user interface with a number of new software features. But just as welcome to many Apple TV fans was the announcement that all of the software improvements in the new model are also available immediately to the previous model via Apple TV Software Update 5.0. Which means that if you have a second-generation Apple TV, even though you won't be able play 1080p video, you'll gain the rest of the new features of the latest model without spending a cent. (Your Apple TV should notify you that the update is available; if not, you can navigate to Settings: General -> Check For Updates.)
We'll have a full review of the third-generation Apple TV next week, but here's a quick look at what the new Apple TV software brings.