Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update to its public beta testing group, two weeks after providing testers with the third beta. The tvOS 11 public beta marks the first time public beta testers have had access to pre-release tvOS software, and this fourth beta corresponds to the fifth developer beta released earlier this week.

The tvOS 11 public beta can be obtained by going to the Settings app on the Apple TV and navigating to the Software Updates section under "System." "Get Public Beta Updates" will need to be toggled on, and once it is, the Apple TV will download the beta software.

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Compared to iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and watchOS 4, tvOS 11 is a minor update that brings few changes to the tvOS operating system. It's minor enough that 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 to be in the fall alongside other software updates.

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Top Rated Comments

gforce216 Avatar
65 months ago
Does this mean we won't be able to force dark mode to always on?

Forgive me if this is already an option, I still have all pre-ATV4 boxes at home, and I really don't like the white interface they've put on the new tvOS.
Dark mode is an option to be permanent.

Your options are:

- Light
- Dark
- Automatic (light during day & dark at night)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KazKam Avatar
65 months ago
automatic light/dark appearance switching based on local time, ...
Does this mean we won't be able to force dark mode to always on?

Forgive me if this is already an option, I still have all pre-ATV4 boxes at home, and I really don't like the white interface they've put on the new tvOS.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Juicy Box Avatar
65 months ago
Does this mean we won't be able to force dark mode to always on?

Forgive me if this is already an option, I still have all pre-ATV4 boxes at home, and I really don't like the white interface they've put on the new tvOS.
Dark mode is an option to be permanent.

Your options are:

- Light
- Dark
- Automatic (light during day & dark at night)
Thanks, I was also concerned about this. Even during the day time, the white interface would be too bright for me.

I am happy to see that full-time dark mode is still an option.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peel Avatar
65 months ago
I'm hoping this means that the bug that appeared in the last beta is gone: Every time I wake Apple TV, I now have to sign in to iTunes - TWICE on the same account. It's then good for the rest of that session, but if I come back later in the day, or the next day, I have to sign in twice again. Very annoying.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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