Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 11.3 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks 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 and Apple Configurator.


The tvOS 11.3 update introduces support for AirPlay 2, allowing the Apple TV to be added to the Home app as part of a HomeKit setup.

With AirPlay 2, you can play a song on multiple Apple TVs in different rooms, and when AirPlay 2 officially launches, that same functionality will extend to other AirPlay 2 devices like HomePod and AirPlay 2 compatible speakers.

Other new features in tvOS 11.3 include enhancements to Match Content support, automatic frame rate switching on the fourth-generation Apple TV, and automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions.

Update: tvOS 11.3 beta 2 fixes a bug that caused the Play/Pause button on the Apple TV Siri Remote not to function properly.

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30 months ago
And still no news on Atmos.......
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30 months ago

Have had an issue where the Apple TV will not go to sleep by itself with the first beta. Curious if that is fixed. Apple Remote app won't connect all the time either.

I was having the same issue, hopefully this will resolve it. Was having some issues around the play/pause button too.
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30 months ago
My option to download betas on my Apple TV has disappeared this morning. I have gone to the Apple site. And unenrolled. And re enrolled. And for some reason under system there is no beta option on both my Apple 4K boxes. Not sure how to fix it.
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30 months ago
Have had an issue where the Apple TV will not go to sleep by itself with the first beta. Curious if that is fixed. Apple Remote app won't connect all the time either.
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30 months ago

My option to download betas on my Apple TV has disappeared this morning. I have gone to the Apple site. And unenrolled. And re enrolled. And for some reason under system there is no beta option on both my Apple 4K boxes. Not sure how to fix it.

Same here. Both Apple TV 4’s (non-4K) running iOS 11.3 PB1 have lost the option to “Get Beta Updates.”
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30 months ago

And still no news on Atmos.......

"Just one software update away" allows the ambiguity of WHICH update: the next one?, the one after that?, the one after that? and so on. It's a great way to somewhat quiet a tangible gripe by making it sound like it's an impending update but then getting to it or not whenever.

My guess? If it ever arrives, it will probably be a feature only available in :apple:TV 6 (exclusivity to the 6 for no good reason, but bigger "updates" that don't arrive quickly usually wait for the next hardware upgrade cycle with rare exception). I'll hope that's NOT the case this time.
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