Apple has released a new update for the second- and third-generation Apple TV. Version 5.1 includes a number of iOS 6-like features, including Shared Photo Streams, and more.

Other features include:

  • AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.
  • iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.
  • Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.
  • Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.
  • Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.
  • Subtitles¬† – SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.
  • Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.
  • Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

To update the Apple TV, go Settings > General > Update Software.

This is the first software update to Apple TV since June. In July, Hulu Plus launched on the $99 device for the first time.