Apple Rolls Out Apple TV Software Update Following Apple Watch Media Event [Update]

Apple didn't release a new Apple TV model during its "Spring forward" media event, but it did push out a new software update for the set top entertainment box. The update for Apple TV 3 doesn't include any noticeably flashy changes—like the promised HBO Now channel—so it's more likely a compatibility update for iOS 8.2 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update.

Apple TV gets a software update following Apple TV gets a software update following "Spring forward" media event

HBO Now is a new channel coming exclusively to Apple TV in April as a subscription option that doesn't require a cable or satellite television package. HBO Now will cost US$14.99 a month, and HBO is offering the first month for free for customers who subscribe in early April.

iOS 8.2 brought Apple Watch support to the iPhone, along with a new Apple Watch app, and bug fixes.

The Apple TV update is available for third generation models as a free download. You can update your Apple TV by going to Settings > General > Software Updates and choosing Update Software. Alternately, you can wait for your Apple TV to find the update as part of its routine auto-update schedule.

Apple also dropped the price of Apple TV from US$99 down to $69 today, so if you don't have the latest model yet it just became more affordable.

Update: Today's Apple TV update includes three security patches that block attackers from intercepting SSL/TLS connections, executing arbitrary code with system privileges, and creating folders in trusted locations in the file system.