Tenth Beta of tvOS 12 Now Available for Registered Developers

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Apple today seeded the tenth beta of a new tvOS 12 operating system to developers for testing purposes, four days after releasing the ninth beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 12 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV using a profile that's installed through Xcode. Subsequent betas can be downloaded via the software update mechanism on the Apple TV.


tvOS 12 introduces support for Dolby Atmos sound, which was activated in the second beta. Apple says that when tvOS 12 launches this fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies.

Customers that have previously purchased movies that gain Dolby Atmos support will see free upgrades to their titles, much like the rollout of 4K support.

Building on single sign-on, a new zero sign-on feature will further simplify the cable authentication process. With zero sign-on, the Apple TV can detect a user's broadband network and automatically sign them into supported apps they receive through their accompanying cable subscription.

Zero sign-on will be available for Charter Communications customers this fall and will expand to additional cable providers in the future.

Aerial screensavers now include location information and there are new screensavers captured in collaboration with the International Space Station.


Other improvements tvOS-related improvements include AutoFill passwords from iPhone, an Apple TV Remote automatically added to Control Center on the iPhone or iPad, and Apple TV support on Home control systems like Control4, Crestron, and Savant.

tvOS 12 is available for developers and public beta testers to work out bugs and other issues ahead of a fall public launch.

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23 months ago
PiP would be most welcome.

I have a Nest in my sons nursery and it’d be a great feature to have...
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23 months ago
It really feels like Apple is only putting out updates to the beta for tvOS simply because the base code for the phones has changed. They truly underutilize what the Apple TV can do.
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23 months ago
Not only have I not seen the space Aerials, but the screensavers seem to be stuck on Hong Kong and Dubai forever.
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23 months ago
I personally would love an aggregation of live feeds from all the apps into the tv app
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23 months ago

Really wish Apple would make an Apple TV with a Antenna built in so I didn't have to buy one for Local Channels!

Yes, but how many tuners would be the right number of tuners? 1, 2, 4 or more?

Workaround: Silicon Dust HDHomeRun products ('https://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/'). Use with the Channels app ('https://getchannels.com/tv/') or Plex to get locals playing on your :apple:TV. Works great! And you can choose however many tuners you want (including buying more than one HDHomeRun if you need more than 4 in the Quattro box).
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23 months ago
At least make all features worldwide not country specific.

Is it so hard make siri in all country iTunes?
Is it so hard make TV Watch Now in all country iTunes?

Above both features is not available in Asian country iTunes account for Apple TV at the moment.
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