Apple TV Update Yanked After It Renders Some Set-Tops Useless

Apple has suspended the version 6.0 update for Apple TV, which adds features including the streaming-music iTunes Radio service, after users reported it disabled access to services or in some cases stopped working altogether.

Some Apple TV units have been “permanently bricked” — that is, rendered inoperable — because of the update, according to 9to5Mac.com. Other users said their Netflix and Hulu accounts weren’t accessible after the update.

Several users reported issues on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/lupax/status/381870853060702208
http://twitter.com/calico/status/381842740943667200
http://twitter.com/coolstorykate/statuses/381802198994141184

Apple did not respond to a request for more information.

The 6.0 update — released Friday — added the ability to browse and purchase directly from the iTunes Music Store, adds support for playing video from iCloud photo streams, and provides automatic subtitle selection based on Apple TV language setting.

Apple launched iTunes Radio across other iOS devices on Wednesday, when it released iOS 7 operating system upgrade compatible with iPhone 4 and later smartphones and iPad 2 and later tablets.

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  1. Ifeatu says:

    I was wondering what happened to mine when I was updating it. My Apple TV turned black on screen and thought it was rebooting but after 15mins of inaction, I assumed something has gone wrong. I then plugged to my pc and did a restore through iTunes. Now my Apple TV is upgraded to 6.0 and it works just fine.

  2. Peter Kelly says:

    Yesterday I turned on my Apple TV and it said there was an update available you I pressed Yes.
    The progress bar slowly moved across for 10 minutes, and then said “the update was not successful, please reset”, so I did.
    It still works and is on version 5.3, Update Software now says my Apple TV is up to date.
    Looks like I dodged a bullet, just as Apple pulled the update.

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