Apple Releases tvOS 11 With Home Screen Syncing, Auto Dark Mode, and 4K Support for New Apple TV

Apple today released tvOS 11, the latest operating system designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 11 is something of a minor update, but does bring some notable feature improvements to the tvOS operating system.

tvOS 11 can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 11 automatically.


The tvOS 11 update introduces full support for AirPods, AirPlay 2 support, automatic switching between light and dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options designed to keep multiple Apple TVs in a single household in sync, and new background modes and notification support.

On the more technical side, the update includes Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, improvements to Mobile Device Management, and more.

For the fifth-generation Apple TV, aka the Apple TV 4K, the tvOS 11 update introduces support for 4K content. Apple's new 4K Apple TV will ship with tvOS 11 installed by default.

Additional improvements to the TV app for Apple TV and iOS devices will bring support for live news and live sports following the release of tvOS 11 and iOS 11, and later this fall, tvOS 11 will gain support for the Amazon Prime Video app.

tvOS 11 is limited to the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models and is not available on earlier models.

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10 months ago

Don’t do it readers if you value battery life.

Thanks! Good advice!
I always keep my Apple TV on battery. :))
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10 months ago

shoot, is that why my Apple TV battery didn't last to long?

Don't be crazy man!
The new TV OS has battery firmware update.
It actually goes down the power grid to the Electricity provider and does there the upgrade.

P.S. I think TwoBytes meant to post on iOS 11 thread.
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10 months ago

Don’t do it readers if you value battery life.

shoot, is that why my Apple TV battery didn't last to long?
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10 months ago
When will Amazon Prime be available? I was hoping today, but it doesn't seem so...
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10 months ago
not seeing it yet ... ?
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10 months ago
Auto dark mode. Didn't even know about this. Sweet!
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10 months ago

Same, not sure why Macrumors is posting its out when it's clearly not


Because it takes time to populate across the servers, just like all large-scale releases of this type. For example, I saw WatchOS 4 at 12:03 today, but my coworker in another office didn't see it until almost an hour later.
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10 months ago

When will Amazon Prime be available? I was hoping today, but it doesn't seem so...


They're streaming some Thursday Night Football games this year.

I'd say they'll launch it a few days prior to that. No way they'd want to miss out on a huge chunk of viewership given how much money they spent on the rights.
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10 months ago
Tuesday is an early holiday giveaway for Apple software.
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10 months ago
Home screen syncing is really nice if you have multiple ATVs.

I also like that the ATV remote is now available in the iOS 11 control center.
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