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Apple Releases Third Beta of tvOS 9.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's beta comes just over one week after Apple seeded the second tvOS 9.1 beta and three weeks since the tvOS was released alongside the fourth-generation Apple TV.

The third tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first two betas. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

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We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking and scrolling tweaks, and it's likely tvOS 9.1 will include fixes for bugs and issues that have been discovered in the software since the Apple TV's official launch. We will include any other external facing changes below.

tvOS 9.1 will mark the first significant update to tvOS and the second update to the operating system. The first tvOS update, tvOS 9.0.1, was released to the public on November 9.

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30 months ago
So something will be updated in 9.1 :)

I've been using plex on mine and it's been a great experience.

Two weeks in I've decided to keep it, though not fond of the new remote, in the dark I cannot tell which is the touch pad and which is then back cause the buttons are in the middle, the old remote was a much better design.
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

That's a good idea, I might do that as its really annoying me. Very surprised how badly this was designed from a use ability point of view. Looks great though.

Even having the touchpad on both sides would work


My issue with the remote is that the remote will skip around a video if I go to reach for the remote wrong and it's backwards in my hand.
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
If they don't implement continuous scroll for large libraries like I have on my computer then I'm going to bitch slap somebody at Apple, unless my swipe finger falls off first.
Rating: 6 Votes
30 months ago
Still missing Remote.app support?
Rating: 5 Votes
30 months ago

So something will be updated in 9.1 :)

I've been using plex on mine and it's been a great experience.

Two weeks in I've decided to keep it, though not fond of the new remote, in the dark I cannot tell which is the touch pad and which is then back cause the buttons are in the middle, the old remote was a much better design.


Put your thumb in the middle - the volume button is the long one and should go on the right.
Rating: 5 Votes
30 months ago



Two weeks in I've decided to keep it, though not fond of the new remote, in the dark I cannot tell which is the touch pad and which is then back cause the buttons are in the middle, the old remote was a much better design.


I totally agree, the remote is poorly designed. I wished the ATV4 had consistent results using an IR remote. The ATV3 seems like the superior product at the moment.

Hopefully this update will fix the many things plaguing this device.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
Right now, the new Apple TV sucks. The music app on the iPhone is bad enough. They managed to make it worse on the tv.
Rating: 3 Votes
30 months ago

Is there a way to get rid of the white background all the time?

It's enough to burn my eyes out at night. I don't get Apple's new obsession with hurting me eyes. The all-white with thin light-grey text in the (alarm) Clock app on the iPhone is so thoughtless.


Yeah, this is the worst change to the UI they have made. I do not like the white background at all.
Rating: 2 Votes
30 months ago

This guy ('http://photofocus.com/2013/06/10/about-my-switch-from-mac-to-windows/') saw the writing on the wall a few years ago. I really didn't believe him at the time.

The fact that the Magic Keyboard can only be readily paired wih one device is a bit of a tell in terms of TVOS keyboard support if you ask me.

So Apple still hasn't managed to replace Scott Forstall, but the strange hardware decisions are also still sad.


Amen. Looks like in the internal power struggle with Scott Forstall over UI design, Apple is the one who lost.
Rating: 2 Votes
30 months ago
Is there a way to get rid of the white background all the time?

It's enough to burn my eyes out at night. I don't get Apple's new obsession with hurting me eyes. The all-white with thin light-grey text in the (alarm) Clock app on the iPhone is so thoughtless.
Rating: 2 Votes

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