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Published on October 31st, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple releases tvOS 12.1 update for 4th & 5th-Gen Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 12.1 Tuesday, the second update to the tvOS 12 operating system for fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models with minor fixes.

The update comes just over a month after the release of tvOS 12.0.1 and six weeks since the launch of tvOS 12 in September.

The update is tvOS 12.0.1, build number 16J602.

Notes were not included after applying the update, but minor bug and security fixes are primarily the focus of such immediate releases so soon after the golden master of an operating system. No immediate visual or performance changes were seen after installation by BESTAppleTV.

tvOS 12.1 can be downloaded manually by going to the ‘Settings’ app on Apple TV, navigating to ‘System’, then to ‘Software Updates’. Apple TV can also be set up to receive updates automatically by turning on the ‘Automatically Update’ selection on the same screen.

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