fixed : where can I get OS version 8.4.4 for AppleTV 3 ?

Question :

I was having a problem on my WiFi network so I had to reconfigure my AppleTV 3 from 2012. While doing so, I also wanted to do an update for the AppleTV-version of iOS. When I tried to do so, the AppleTV said I had version 7.6.2 installed and there were no automatic updates available. To be completely sure, I looked up my AppleTV 3 in the MacTracker.app and found that the Maximum OS listed there is version 8.4.4, so I searched online to see what info I could find on a 8.4.4 update.

I found that the 8.4.3 update was released around April 2020, and that it could be installed over USB using a Mac with iTunes on it… but on the Apple website Software update 7.6.2 is still listed as the latest release… https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202157

What is going on ?

Answer :

There is no problem… at least, there is no problem regarding the updates, the only problem is in the naming…

It’s just that the AppleTVs initially ran on iOS, just like the iPhones and iPads… (correction : the original AppleTV ran MacOSX) …but as the products drifted apart, the versions of iOS needed for various iDevices did too …so Apple finally split the old iOS up in iOS for iPhone, iPadOS for iPad and tvOS for AppleTV.

For the iPads this wasn’t really confusing as iOS 12 was succeeded by iPadOS 13. But for AppleTV the naming became extremely confusing : tvOS 9.0 was introduced almost simultaneously with and only for the 4th generation AppleTV (now called AppleTV HD) in autumn 2015, but the previous versions of AppleTV kept running versions of iOS, just anonymously :

  • Apple TV 1.0 = “Front Row” release = MacOSX “Tiger” 10.4.7tv (for Intel) = build 8N5722 = 20070321 iTV release
  • Apple TV 1.1 = “YouTube” release = 20070720 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.0 = “Take Two” release = 20080115 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.0.1 = “Genre” release = 20080328 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.0.2 = “Network” release = 20080414 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.1 = “MobileMe” release = 20080709 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.2 = “HD” release = 20081002 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.3 = “AirTunes” release = 20081119 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.3.1 = “No Hax” release = 20090225 iTV release
  • Apple TV 2.4 = “Gesture” release = 20090624 iTV release
  • Apple TV 3.0 = “Genius” release = 20091029 iTV release
  • Apple TV 3.0.1 = “Reprise” release = 20091107 iTV release
  • Apple TV 3.0.2 = “Finale” release = 20100211 iTV release
  • TV release 4.0 = Apple TV 4.0 = iOS 4.1tv = build 8M89 = 20100901 aTV release
  • TV update 4.1 = Apple TV 4.1 = iOS 4.2tv = build 8C150 = 20101122 aTV release
  • TV update 4.1.1 = Apple TV 4.1.1 = iOS 4.2.1tv = build 8C154 = 20101214 aTV release
  • TV update 4.2 = Apple TV 4.2 = iOS 4.3tv = build 8F191m = 20110309 aTV release
  • TV update 4.2.1 = Apple TV 4.2.1 = iOS 4.3tv2 = build 8F202 = 20110322 aTV release
  • TV update 4.2.2 = Apple TV 4.2.2 = iOS 4.3tv3 = build 8F305 = 20110511 aTV release
  • TV update 4.3 = Apple TV 4.3 = iOS 4.3tv4 = build 8F455 = 20110801 aTV release
  • TV update 4.4 = Apple TV 4.4 = iOS 5.0tv = build 9A334v = 20111012 aTV release
  • TV update 4.4.1 = Apple TV 4.4.1 = iOS 5.0tv2 = build 9A335a = 20111017 aTV release
  • TV update 4.4.2 = Apple TV 4.4.2 = iOS 5.0tv3 = build 9A336a = 20111024 aTV release
  • TV update 4.4.3 = Apple TV 4.4.3 = iOS 5.0.1tv = build 9A405l = 20111117 aTV release
  • TV update 4.4.4 = Apple TV 4.4.4 = iOS 5.0.1tv2 = build 9A406a = 20111215 aTV release
  • TV update 5.0 = Apple TV 5.0 = iOS 5.1tv = build 9B179b = 20120307 aTV release
  • TV update 5.0.1 = Apple TV 5.0.1 = iOS 5.1.1tv = build 9B206f = 20120510 aTV release
  • TV update 5.0.2 = Apple TV 5.0.2 = iOS 5.1.1tv2 = build 9B830 = 20120605 aTV release
  • TV update 5.1 = Apple TV 5.1 = iOS 6.0tv = build 10A406E = 20120924 aTV release
  • TV update 5.1.1 = Apple TV 5.1.1 = iOS 6.0.1tv = build 10B831 = 20121129 aTV release
  • TV update 5.2 = Apple TV 5.2 = iOS 6.1tv = build 10B143 = 20130128 aTV release
  • TV update 5.2.1 = Apple TV 5.2.1 = iOS 6.1.3tv = build 10B329a = 20130319 aTV release
  • TV update 5.3 = Apple TV 5.3 = iOS 6.1.4tv = build 10B809 = 20130713 aTV release
  • TV update 6.0 = Apple TV 6.0 = iOS 7.0.2tv = build 11A502 = 20130723 aTV release
  • TV update 6.0.1 = Apple TV 6.0.1 = iOS 7.0.39tv = build 11B511d = 20131024 aTV release
  • TV update 6.0.2a = Apple TV 6.0.2 = iOS 7.0.4tv = build 11B554a = 20131114 aTV release
  • TV update 6.0.2b = Apple TV 6.0.2 = iOS 7.0.5tv = build 11B601 = 20140130 aTV release
  • TV update 6.0.2c = Apple TV 6.0.2 = iOS 7.0.6tv = build 11B651 = 20140221 aTV release
  • TV update 6.1 = Apple TV 6.1 = iOS 7.1tv = build 11D169b = 20140310 aTV release
  • TV update 6.1.1 = Apple TV 6.1.1 = iOS 7.1.1tv = build 11D201c = 20140422 aTV release
  • TV update 6.2 = Apple TV 6.2 = iOS 7.1.2tv = build 11D257c = 20140630 aTV release
  • TV update 6.2.1 = Apple TV 6.2.1 = iOS 7.1.2tv2 = build 11D258 = 20140717a aTV release
  • TV update 7.0 = Apple TV 7.0 = iOS 8.0tv = build 12A365c = 20140717b aTV release
  • TV update 7.0.1 = Apple TV 7.0.1 = iOS 8.1tv = build 12B4410a = 20141020 aTV release
  • TV update 7.0.2 = Apple TV 7.0.2 = iOS 8.1.1tv = build 12B435 = 20141117 aTV release
  • TV update 7.0.3 = Apple TV 7.0.3 = iOS 8.1.3tv = build 12B466 = 20150127 aTV release
  • TV update 7.1 = Apple TV 7.1 = iOS 8.2tv = build 12D508 = 20150309 aTV release
  • TV update 7.2 = Apple TV 7.2 = iOS 8.3tv = build 12F69 = 2015048 aTV release
  • tvOS 9.0 = build 13T396 = 20151029 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 9.0.1 = build 13T402 = 20151109 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 9.1 = build 13U85 = 20151208 ATV4 release
  • tvOS 9.1.1 = build 13U717 = 20160125 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.2.1 = Apple TV 7.2.1 = iOS 8.4.1tv = build 12H523 = 20160125 aTV release
  • tvOS 9.2 = build 13Y234 = 20160321 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 9.2.1 = build 13Y772 = 20160516 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 9.2.2 = build 13Y825 = 20160718 ATV4 release
  • tvOS 10.0 = build 14T330 = 20160813 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 10.0.1 = build 14U71 = 20161024 ATV4 release
  • tvOS 10.1 = build 14U593 = 20161212 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.2.2 = Apple TV 7.2.2 = iOS 8.4.2tv = build 12H606 = 20161212 aTV release
  • tvOS 10.2 = build 14W265 = 20170327 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 10.2.1 = build 14W585a = 20170515 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 10.2.2 = build 14W756 = 20170719 ATV4 release
  • tvOS 11.0 = build 15J381 = 20170919 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 11.1
    • tvOS 11.2
    • tvOS 11.2.1
    • tvOS 11.2.5
    • tvOS 11.2.6
    • tvOS 11.3
    • tvOS 11.4
    • tvOS 11.4.1
  • tvOS 12.0 = build 16J364 = 20180917 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 12.0.1
    • tvOS 12.1
    • tvOS 12.1.1
    • tvOS 12.1.2
    • tvOS 12.2
    • tvOS 12.2.1
  • tvOS 12.3 = build 16M153 = 20190513 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.3 = Apple TV 7.3 = iOS 8.4.2tv = build 12H847 = 20190513 aTV release
  • tvOS 12.4 = build 16M568 = 20190722 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.3.1 = Apple TV 7.3.1 = iOS 8.4.2tv2 = build 12H864 = 20190722 aTV release
    • tvOS 12.4.1
  • tvOS 13.0 = build 17J586 = 20190924 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.4 = Apple TV 7.4 = iOS 8.4.3tv = build 12H876 = 20190924 aTV release
    • tvOS 13.2
    • tvOS 13.3
  • tvOS 13.4 = build 17L256 = 20200324 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.5 = Apple TV 7.5 = iOS 8.4.4tv = build 12H885 = 20200324 aTV release
    • tvOS 13.4.5
    • tvOS 13.4.6
    • tvOS 13.4.8
  • tvOS 14.0 = build 18J386 = 20200916 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.6 = Apple TV 7.6 (8130) = iOS 8.4.5tv = build 12H903 = 20200916 aTV release
    • tvOS 14.0.1
    • tvOS 14.0.2
    • tvOS 14.2 = build 18K57 = 20201105 ATV4 release
  • tvOS 14.3 = build 18K561 = 20201214 ATV4 release
  • TV update 7.6.2 = Apple TV 7.6.2 (8144) = iOS 8.4.6tv = build 12H914 = 20201214 aTV release
    • tvOS 14.4 = build 18K802 = 20210126 ATV4 release
    • tvOS 14.5

As you can see from the list above, there is no TV update 8.x yet… the version you’ve been reading about online is the “based on iOS 8.4.4”-version, which actually is TV update 7.5

So, if your 3rd generation AppleTV lists it’s OS version as 7.6.2 you already have the latest OS-version available (…at the time of writing this post : mid March 2021)

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

FYI : it’s good to know that there’s a slight hardware difference between the 2012 version and the 2013 version of the 3rd generation AppleTV :

  • A1427 = AppleTV3,1 = 3rd generation AppleTV (2012)
  • A1469 = AppleTV3,2 = 3rd generation AppleTV (2013)

NOTE : the procedure you are mentioning of upgrading or altering the version of the AppleTV OS by connecting the AppleTV to your Mac by USB-cable is a “jailbrake”, which Apple considers “illegal”…

fixed : quick slideshow of a folder of pictures

Question :
Someone sent me a bunch of photos that I need to review. I have them in a folder, but I don’t want to import them into Photos.app, Keynote or PowerPoint or even Preview.app to have a look at them and select the most important ones.

Is there any option or simple app to do this ?

 

Answer :

Yes there is, there is an option for this in macOS (and OSX) called Quick Look. In previous versions of OSX and Mac OSX the Quick Look option was visible in any Finder window as a ‘button with an eye icon on it’, in macOS it is slightly hidden in the pulldown menu that opens when you click the ‘button with a sprocket (gear) icon on it’.

There’s even a shortcut for this :

  • open a Finder window
  • open the folder with the photos in it
  • select the photos you want to review (hold the CMD-key while picking photos one-by-one, hold the SHIFT-key to select multiple photos in a row, or press the CMD + A key combo to select all photos)
  • then press the SPACEBAR to view all selected photos as a slideshow
  • or press the ALT + SPACE key combo to view all selected photos as a full screen slideshow
  • note : the file names are shown with each photo, so if you need to review and select photos you will know which photos you have chosen

That’s it.

enjoy 😉

 

 

fixed : compress video for WhatsApp (or eMail)

Question :

I would like to send a small piece of a video I just shot at a birthday party to a group of friends on WhatsApp, but it’s too big to upload.

How can I compress it for easy viewing on Whatsapp ?

 

Answer :

If you have shot the video on your iPhone you can send it right away, and iOS will do the compression for you.

However, if you already have the video on your Mac and you want to compress it before you send it using WhatsApp Desktop (for macOS), do this :

  • make sure you trim down the length of the video to a clip that only includes the most relevant part of the video
    • you can do this in QuickTime Player (included in macOS for FREE)
  • use Smart Converter (FREE from Mac AppStore) and choose ‘for iPhone or iPod’, then click ‘Convert’ to convert
    • this will convert to an .mp4 video with 1280×720 resolution at 30 frames per second and AAC sound (file size ca. 10MB per 10 seconds)
  • use Handbrake (FREE from handbrake.fr) and choose ‘Presets’ > ‘Gmail Large 3 minutes 720p30’, then click ‘Start’ to convert
    • this will convert to an .mp4 video with 1280×720 resolution at 30 frames per second and AAC sound (file size ca. 2MB per 10 seconds)

Note : even though the frame rate and screen size are the same, the ‘Gmail’-ready file will be much smaller than the ‘iPhone’-ready file, even though (or rather ‘because’) this comes with the downside that quick-moving objects will blur in the ‘Gmail’-ready video (compared to the ‘iPhone’-ready video that hardly has any blur and is similar in size and quality to the ‘Fast 720p30’ preset in Handbrake) 

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : quickly rotate a movie file in macOS 10.15 Catalina

Question :

I have a movie-file that was shot on an iPhone in portrait-mode, but I think it will look better  when viewed in landscape-mode. It’s a video of you cat playing on the carpet, shot from above, so both portrait-mode and landscape-mode are okay for viewing, but as we prefer to view video’s on out TV it would make more sense to have it in landscape-mode.

How do I do that ?

 

Answer :

In MacOSX and OSX rotating photos was easily done in iPhoto or Photos.app, but rotating video couldn’t be done in iPhoto or Photos.app – that had to be done in video editing software like iMovie, or a dedicated video-rotation-app.

In macOS 10.15 Catalina, rotating video 90 degrees can be done extremely simple in the Finder :

  • open the Finder (click out of all apps until you have only the Desktop to look at)
  • open a New Finder Window by typing CMD and N keys on your keyboard simultaneously (or goto Finder > File > New Finder Window)
  • locate the video-file (if you know it’s name, typ it in the Search-bar, else browse to the file if you know where it’s located)
  • then click on the file name to select it
  • the video preview will now come up on the right side, with various info and some buttons below it
  • to rotate your video 90 degrees counter-clockwise, click on Rotate Left
  • to rotate your video 90 degrees clockwise, press the ALT key on your keybord and click on Rotate Right (in the same spot where the Rotate Left button used to be)
  • then wait for the processing to end…

…and you’re done 😉

That’s it – enjoy !

fixed : get very old iPhoto Library to open in macOS Mojave Photos.app

Question :

On my old PowerPC G4 (or G5) Mac I found some old photos in iPhoto.

Is it possible to copy the database and open it in the Photos.app on my new Mac that runs macOS 10.14 Mojave ?

Or do I have to import the photos as just photos and lose all additional info and edit that was done in iPhoto long ago ?

 

Answer :

Of course, the easiest and quickest way to get the original photos into your new Photos.app would be to just import all the old photos into Photo.app. But… as you already mentioned, you will loose all additional info and edits that you added in iPhoto back in the days.

The best way to get as much info and edits into Photos.app as possible is to do the following :

  • connect an external HD, external SSD or USB-stick with plenty of GBs to your old PowerPC G4 or G5 Mac
  • go to Users –> [your account name] –> Pictures –> iPhoto Library
  • copy the iPhoto Library (or even the entire Pictures folder) onto your external HD/SSD or USB-stick
  • when done, eject the external HD/SSD or USB-stick (by dragging it’s icon to the trash or clicking the eject-icon besides it’s name in the Finder) and disconnect it from your old Mac
  • then connect the external HD/SSD or USB-stick to your new Mac
  • download the iPhoto Library Upgrader software from Apple :

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202358

  • install the iPhoto Library Upgrader Tool
  • go to Applications –> Utilities –> iPhoto Library Upgrader Tool
  • run the iPhoto Library Upgrader Tool
  • in the window that opens, click on the Choose Library button
  • then select the iPhoto Library that is now on your external HD/SSD or USB-stick
  • then click Continue
  • when done, exit the iPhoto Library Upgrader Tool
  • then go to Apple-menu (Apple-icon top-left in the Finder) –> System Preferences –> iCloud
  • make sure you are Signed In into iCloud
  • then, in the list on the right at “Photos” click on the Options button
  • then make sure that there is a check mark at “iCloud Photos”
  • then exit System Preferences
  • now, double-click the Photos.app while holding down the [ALT]-key on your keyboard
  • now, while starting up Photos.app will ask you which Photos/ iPhoto Library to open
  • then choose the iPhoto Library that’s on your external HD/SSD or USB-stick
  • now, Photos.app will start converting the iPhoto Library to an up-to-date Photos Library
  • when done, Photos.app will display your old iPhoto photos
  • then, in Photos.app, goto Preferences, then General-tab and at Library Location click the ‘Use as System Photo Library’-button, to (temporarily) make the old iPhoto/Photos Library the one that syncs with iCloud
  • then Photo.app will start uploading the old photos to iCloud
  • now, in iCloud, these photos will be merged with the ones that were already in iCloud and they will be sent out to your iCloud (or rather iCloud Photos) connected devices
  • when the uploading is complete, you can quit Photos.app
  • now, double-click the Photos.app while holding down the [ALT]-key on your keyboard
  • now, while starting up Photos.app will ask you which Photos/ iPhoto Library to open
  • then choose the iPhoto Library that used to be your main Photos Library previously (usually the one that is in your current user’s Pictures folder)
  • then, in Photos.app, goto Preferences, then General-tab and at Library Location click the ‘Use as System Photo Library’-button, to make make your main Photos Library the one that syncs with iCloud again and be the one that opens when you startup Photos.app
  • then wait for the ‘new’ (additional old) photos to sync from iCloud and you will have an integrated Photos Library of old and new Photos and iPhoto’s databases

that’s it !

enjoy 😉