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Apple Quietly Pushes Apple TV 4.4 Update

Apple has rolled out another update, this time for the A4-based Apple TV which brings support for Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, NHL Hockey, content from Wall Street Journal and more.

Photostream allows you to view photos on Apple TV that have been uploaded to an iCloud account, while AirPlay mirroring allows you to wirelessly mirror content of your iDevices (iPad or iPhone) on your TV using Apple TV.

Apple has also beefed up its paid sports subscriptions with NHL content, while content from the Wall Street Journal remains free for now.

Furthermore, the update addresses a number of security issues including one vulnerability which would have allowed hackers to get hold of login details and cause the system to hangup.

The Apple TV OS is a custom-made version of the current iOS platform which explains why Apple released the update shortly after iOS 5 was rolled out.

While Apple TV has often been viewed as a secondary product because of the comparatively small revenue it brings in, it could well join the iPhone and the iPad as a lucrative money earner should Apple decide to shove it into its own Apple TV television.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.