Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 10 to Developers

Apple today provided developers with the fifth beta of tvOS 10, the next-generation operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 5 comes one week after the release of tvOS beta 4 and approximately two months after the operating system was first shown off at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference

tvOS betas are harder to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta 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 or Apple Configurator. Once a beta profile has been installed on the device through iTunes, new beta updates will be available over the air.

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tvOS 10 builds on features initially introduced with tvOS last October, bringing expanded Siri capabilities like topic-based search, Live Tune-In for automatically accessing live channels, and options for managing HomeKit accessories.

Single-Sign On allows users to sign in and authenticate cable credentials just once instead of requiring authentication in all cable-supported apps, games are now able to require controllers, and there are new features for Photos and Music.

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A dark mode offers a better visual experience for darker rooms, universal apps are automatically downloaded, and there's a new Apple TV remote for iOS devices that mirrors the Siri Remote.

Over the beta testing period, Apple has been making slight tweaks and updates to the tvOS 10 operating system, but many of the changes are under-the-hood and not readily apparent to testers. Any outward-facing changes discovered in the fifth beta will be noted below.

For a full overview of all of the new features in tvOS 10, make sure to check out our tvOS 10 roundup.

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20 months ago
And, once again, no changelog... What's the point of this "article"?
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20 months ago

Finally a "dark mode." I can hardly believe that it's taken this long considering how many people watch TV/movies in the dark.


With the new color accessibility settings you can even simulate a "Night Shift" mode on the Apple TV and assign it to a triple click of the remote.
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20 months ago
An Apple TV Store that can be viewed on a computer would be nice too.
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20 months ago
And still no extra language and/or region support for Siri. Still an AppleTV 3.5 for 90% of the world.
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20 months ago

In stead of complaining you could have watched the video which explains the new features pretty well.

Uh, no. He's referring to there being no details of changes included with Beta 5, specifically. The video is old news.
[doublepost=1470775782][/doublepost]Still no Single-Sign On? I gather this will only be usable once devs update existing AppleTV Apps to remove their horrid login options and adopt the OS-level sign on option...but to save this for the very end is scary.
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20 months ago

An Apple TV Store that can be viewed on a computer would be nice too.

Personally I would like to see a future iPad App that shows the entire Apple TV UI in mirrored/minature form, and allows the finding and initiating of playback of content.
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20 months ago

And, once again, no changelog... What's the point of this "article"?


In stead of complaining you could have watched the video which explains the new features pretty well.
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20 months ago

Finally a "dark mode." I can hardly believe that it's taken this long considering how many people watch TV/movies in the dark.


Apple Stores are always well lit. Perhaps they assume Apple fans model their homes after the stores?;)

And maybe that's "the future" of HomeKit too?;)
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