Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 11 to Public Beta Testers
Jun 26, 2017 1:21 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update to its public beta testing group, marking the first time public beta testers have had access to tvOS betas. Previously, public betas were limited to iOS and macOS software likely due to the slightly more complicated tvOS beta installation process, but now public beta testers can access all software platforms with the exception of watchOS.

The first beta of tvOS 11 available to public beta testers corresponds with the second tvOS 11 update made available to developers. Developers have had access to tvOS 11 since June 5, when Apple introduced new versions of tvOS, iOS, macOS, and watchOS at WWDC.


tvOS 11 can be downloaded by connecting an Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes. After the proper profile is added to the Apple TV, subsequent betas will be available over-the-air.

Compared to iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and watchOS 4, tvOS 11 is a relatively minor update that brings few changes to the tvOS operating system. In fact, it received no time on stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference aside from a mention of an Amazon Prime Video app coming to the Apple TV this fall.

According to Apple's release notes, tvOS 11 introduces automatic light/dark appearance switching based on local time, Home screen syncing options for syncing content between two or more Apple TVs in a household, new background modes and notification support, plus new tools for developers and improvements to Mobile Device Management.

Additional tvOS 11 features may be unveiled ahead of the operating system's public release, which is expected in the fall alongside other software updates.

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15 months ago
Just an FYI - DirecTV Now was quiting on launch in earlier betas. I don't think the issue has been fixed so if you use DTV Now something to consider before dipping your toe in here.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 months ago
I needed to logout with my apple ID and then login in order to make it work.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago
No cable required - just needed to turn on GET PUBLIC BETA UPDATES under Software Updates.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 months ago

Just an FYI - DirecTV Now was quiting on launch in earlier betas. I don't think the issue has been fixed so if you use DTV Now something to consider before dipping your toe in here.

I have been on dev beta 2 (where DirecTV Now has not been working). It just installed a new update...no idea what it is. It’s still not working with this app. FYI.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 months ago

No cable required - just needed to turn on GET PUBLIC BETA UPDATES under Software Updates.

No cable required for developer betas either. There's a trick to use dropbox and enter a URL into your Apple TV to grab the config file.
Rating: 1 Votes
15 months ago
I'm thinking there will be more to tvOS this fall, and I'm thinking there will be new hardware. With all the h265 talk and them saying lots more on Apple TV later this year, I'm thinking a hardware refresh is coming with new features. I'm hoping it's like a "HomePod Dot" with built in mics.
Rating: 1 Votes
15 months ago
Updating went fine. Leave me and my new Control Center alone :D I like the new Safari scrolling too.
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15 months ago

Just an FYI - DirecTV Now was quiting on launch in earlier betas. I don't think the issue has been fixed so if you use DTV Now something to consider before dipping your toe in here.


I have been on dev beta 2 (where DirecTV Now has not been working). It just installed a new update...no idea what it is. It’s still not working with this app. FYI.


Thanks for the heads up. That's a non-starter for me. Which sucks, because that would mean I could finally set my bedroom ATV up to match the living room (aside from me just being lazy).
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