Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 11.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, just a day after releasing the tvOS 11.2.5 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 11.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


According to Apple's release notes, tvOS 11.3 includes bug fixes, new features, and security improvements, with a list available below:

- Enhancements to Match Content support.
- Automatic frame rate switching on Apple TV 4th Generation.
- Automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions.

tvOS 11.2.5, the previous tvOS update, featured no major outward-facing changes that were noticed by Apple TV users, appearing to instead include minor under-the-hood updates.

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4 weeks ago
Auto Frame Rate Switching - That's HUGE news for anyone who still has the ATV4!!! There's going to be a lot of happy owners :)
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4 weeks ago
"- Automatic frame rate switching on Apple TV 4th Generation." -YES, finally!


"- Automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions." ...what is this????
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4 weeks ago
Darn. Was hoping for enhanced bitstream audio.
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4 weeks ago

Where is the promised Dolby Atmos support?


HDMI 2.1 validation is to occur through Q2'18. By that point, tvOS 12 is right around the corner in Q3. We'll likely see firmware support added at that time for eARC (and Dolby Atmos), QMS, and VRR (maybe).

https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1516615699

So this means 24p video on the non-4K ATV4?


That is correct (Gen5 is the ATV4K, Gen4 is the 1080p version- aka the first version- of the "new" ATV)
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4 weeks ago

Auto Frame Rate Switching - That's HUGE news for anyone who still has the ATV4!!! There's going to be a lot of happy owners :)


seriously did not expect this! nice surprise!
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4 weeks ago




"- Automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions." ...what is this????


I hope this goes hand in hand with "Enhancements to Match Content Support". Hopefully auto switching between 720p, 1080p and 4K, as well as frame rate and SDR/HDR/DV.

Unlike Apple TV content which streams the proper resolution for the selected resolution, a Phone or Mac might be playing back a different resolution than the ATV is set to display. Having the ATV auto match the proper resolution would solve all kinds of issues for me.
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4 weeks ago

Airplay 2!

apparently, not yet...still off in the future..."coming soon".


Whatever issue(s) they're having implementing AirPlay 2, it delayed the HomePod, I assume they had to redo the firmware for AirPlay (1) support, since it seemed like the HomePod was designed hand in hand with AirPlay 2.
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4 weeks ago

Where is the promised Dolby Atmos support?


Was never promised.
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4 weeks ago

https://www.cultofmac.com/504227/apple-promises-dolby-atmos-coming-apple-tv-4k/


This is based on a verge story quoting an unnamed source. It’s no more than hearsay
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4 weeks ago

Define promise. They told the Verge ('https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/21/16341876/new-apple-tv-4k-review-2017') "the lack of Atmos isn’t a hardware limitation, and that support is on the roadmap." People may have read Apple's words and included that in a buying decision.


Who told the verge? Give me a name?

Essentially the verge asked ‘someone’ at Apple. I could pop into an Apple Genius Bar and get a whole range of information some of which is accurate,some of which isn’t.
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