...When it's a brick.
Apple released the Apple TV 6.0 Software update today. I have made no secret about my love for this device, especially it's Netflix app and the relative ease with which I can access this service from within Australia.
Imagine my horror when half way through the update, I was presented with this screen:
This is never a good sight on a "Post PC Device". Especially when the cable in the picture is a micro USB cable that was not included in the box. So, after the many attempts to revive my beloved Apple TV had failed, it was off to Kmart to buy the required cable. After this, the restore process was all pretty straight forward but a quick trip to the Apple Discussions page shows that this was not an isolated incident, so you may want to keep this in mind when updating.
The real surprise however, came after doing the restore:
I was prompted to plug it in to the TV again and begin the process of setting it up. Now, anyone who owns an Apple TV will know that entering your WI-Fi details and your Apple ID on that little remote is far from a "stellar" experience. The remote app for the iPhone makes entering text a snap but of course, it can't be used until the device is on the network and added to home sharing. A horrible catch-22.
So imagine my delight when I was presented with a screen telling me to simply "touch my iPhone to the Apple TV". Seriously... Simply unlocking my iPhone and touching it to the Apple TV presented me with a modal dialogue on the phone asking for my apple ID password. Once entered, the Apple TV was all set up: Wi-Fi details, Apple ID, Home Sharing, regional info, the works!
So, instead of this being a disgruntled blog post about my temporarily bricked Apple TV, it is a story of wonder that has left me with the feeling of living in the not-to-distant future.
Well played Apple... Well played.
The Apple TV 6.0 Software update is available today, free for any 2nd and 3rd generation device owners who own a micro USB cable. Otherwise, it may cost $6.