Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.2 update to developers for testing purposes, more than a month after releasing tvOS 11 to the public and while tvOS 11.1, the first tvOS update, is still in testing.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 11.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that’s installed using Xcode.

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According to the release notes accompanying the tvOS 11.2 beta, the update fixes several bugs related to 4K support and introduces new 4K features.

tvOS 11.2 includes new features, bug fixes, and security improvements in the OS and SDK, including:
- Automatic mode switching to native frame rate and dynamic range of video content with Apple TV 4K
- Support for switching Apple TV 4K display output to SDR for apps that are GPU-bound when running in HDR
- Restoring Unwatched category in Home Sharing for Movies, TV Shows, and Home Videos

Apple has released a video for the new AVDisplayManager feature for developers. With tvOS 11.2, Apple TV 4K is able to automatically switch video display modes to match the native frame rate and dynamic range of video content, so developers will need to make sure their apps and video content are ready to support the new functionality.

tvOS 11 was something of a minor update, introducing 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.

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Top Rated Comments

Ron21 Avatar
44 months ago
" Automatic mode switching to native frame rate and dynamic range of video content with Apple TV 4K " this is HUGE! This should have been included originally but better late than never.
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Craiger Avatar
44 months ago
- Automatic mode switching to native frame rate and dynamic range of video content with Apple TV 4K

WOOOO
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nrose101 Avatar
44 months ago
HAPPY DAY! Unwatched is back!
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davidoloan Avatar
44 months ago
They listened!
I think Apple are listening to public criticism from the tech press and podcasters like Accidental Tech Podcast, all of a sudden, and I think it comes from the top. I’ve been critical of Tim Cook’s mercenary ways and his lack of understanding and love of the product. But I suspect he’s realised he’s pushed too far, starting with the Mac Pro and the reputational damage which reached out of the enthusiast base to the general buying public.

I’ll be willing to give him credit if it is happening. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Mac Mini.
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Andreas00 Avatar
44 months ago
Yeeeess!!!
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Broken Hope Avatar
44 months ago
This is great news, assuming its not just an optional feature available to third party apps but ALSO that Apple chooses to use this feature in iTunes.
I just started a purchased film in iTunes and it switched to 1080P 24 fps, so looks like it works fine.
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