Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 11.1 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.1 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half after seeding the first tvOS 11.1 update and three weeks after releasing tvOS 11 to the public.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 11.1 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode on the Mac.


The tvOS 11.1 update appears to focus on bug fixes and performance improvements rather than outward-facing design changes, and no new features were found in the first beta. Should anything new surface in the second tvOS 11.1 beta, we'll update this post.

tvOS 11 introduces features like full support for AirPods, 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.

Update: Apple has also released the second beta of tvOS 11.1 to public beta testers.

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37 months ago
Has "unwatched" returned??
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37 months ago
I hope for some transparency improvements around HDR. The fact that everything is apparently up-scaled to HDR, as well as the fact that Apple hasn't clarified if Dolby Vision movies play in HDR10 (if you don't have a DV capable tv) - no visual cue makes the experience particularly frustrating. Also, the Netflix thing where all HDR content is marked Dolby Vision and not HDR (again even on non-DV TVs) Can't tell if this is a Netflix issue that requires an app update, or something on the Apple back-end.

Other then this, I have really not had any issues with the ATV 4k at all.
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37 months ago
So, not addressing the problem of having to manually switch between display formats, to get the correct encoding for my programs?

I'd rather NOT have Apple TV 4K encode everything with fake HDR, nor do the upscaling to 4K for every source.

Right now it takes 10-14 steps every time I want to switch from a 1080p SDR program, to a 4K HDR movie, and back.

ALSO: any chance they'll offer a 1080p SDR 24Hz option? It's the most common format for HD movies out there, yet for some reason Apple TV 4K doesn't offer it.
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37 months ago
Maybe instead of several articles each or every other week, we have one article: Apple releases the following betas todays: iOS 11.1, tvOS 4.x, macOS High Sierra 10.13.x, etc.
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37 months ago
Any chance to get a tvOS 11 roundup page up anytime soon ? It is a convenient placeholder for easily accessing the information on the current release, and there is no such link since the tvOS 10 roundup page has been archived. Thanks.
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