Apple has quietly pushed out a new update, firmware 4.2.2, for the Apple TV digital content box. The Apple TV is the Cupertino-based company’s “hobby” product, and features Netflix streaming, AirPlay streaming, TV shows and movies from the iTunes Store, and more for $99. Apple addressed the need for this update in one of their support documents:
Apple TV devices with software version 4.4 and 4.4.1 have an issue with updating software to later versions. The recommended way to resolve this is go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings, prior to updating. Note: If you apply the software update without resetting all settings first, the updater will reset the settings for you.
Once the Apple TV has been reset, you can then successfully update to the latest software by going to Settings -> General -> Update Software.
We recognize that this is an inconvenience and apologize.