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The iPad, iPod touch and iPhone weren’t the only iOS-powered devices to get an update today. iOS 4.1 is available now for your Apple TV (current generation only), and it brings full AirPlay compatibility. That means you can stream content from your portable devices running 4.2.

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The iPad, iPod touch and iPhone weren’t the only iOS-powered devices to get an update today. iOS 4.1 is available now for your Apple TV (current generation only), and it brings full AirPlay compatibility. That means you can stream content from your portable devices running 4.2.

For those keeping track, the build number on the Apple TV is 8C150, and you can either use the Update Software function in your Apple TV’s Settings>General menu to download and install the new firmware, or get it directly using this link (download file). Updating through your Apple TV is likely the best method for most users, and by far the simplest. Mine completed quickly (around 15 minutes, start to finish) and without issue.

The update also brings new VoiceOver features with selectable reading speeds. You can find the new features under the Settings>VoiceOver menu. It works just like you might imagine, with a computer-generated female voice telling you exactly where you are as you navigate through the Apple TV’s menus.

Stay tuned for more later on how AirPlay streaming works with the new update, or let us know about your experiences in the comments.

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