If you have a first generation Apple TV – it’s time to move on

Anthony Caruana
26 February, 2018
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Apple has declared that the first generation Apple TV is now an obsolete product. From 25 May 2018, security changes will prevent the original Apple TV from using the iTunes Store. And the same goes for PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista – although those changes are less likely to be a problem for Mac users.

Apple’s advice doesn’t say too much other than this is a security related move and that there will not be any further updates issued for the first Apple TV.

Those first Apple TVs are pushing on in years – they were released on 9 January 2007 so the fact they have been supported for this long is pretty surprising – to me at least. But their time has come. Over the last three years, various streaming and support options have been terminated and it’s hard to imagine there are too many of these still in widespread use.

The second generation Apple TV runs a variant of iOS, which eventually lead to the current software we see on the latest devices, tvOS.

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