Apple Seeds Second Beta of Upcoming tvOS 13 Update

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers, two weeks after first unveiling the ‌tvOS 13‌ software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the new ‌tvOS 13‌ developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌Apple TV‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


‌tvOS 13‌ introduces an updated Home screen aimed at making it easier to discover new content. Apps are now able to play full-screen video previews right on the Home screen, similar to Netflix.

Multi-user support is available for the first time, letting more than one profile exist on the ‌Apple TV‌ so each family member can have their own customized ‌Apple TV‌ interface with separate recommendations, music playlists, and Watch Now lists.

Switching between profiles can be done with the new Control Center, which offers up profiles, the time and date, search, a Now Playing widget, AirPlay controls, and a sleep option.

‌tvOS 13‌ gets the ‌Apple TV‌ ready for Apple Arcade, Apple's new gaming service that's coming to the ‌Apple TV‌, iOS, iPadOS, and macOS later this year. ‌Apple Arcade‌ will offer unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games, for one subscription fee.

As part of the ‌Apple Arcade‌ preparations, Apple has implemented support for the Xbox Wireless Bluetooth Controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller, both of which can be connected to an ‌Apple TV‌ over Bluetooth.

There are new under the sea themed screensavers created in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, which also created "Blue Planet."

‌tvOS 13‌ is available to registered developers at this time, but Apple plans to release a public beta in July. The software will see a public launch this fall.

What's new in ‌tvOS 13‌ beta 2: The second beta of ‌tvOS 13‌ introduces support for Picture-in-Picture. This feature lets you continue to watch TV shows or movies while using a different app, adjusting settings, or otherwise navigating through the ‌tvOS 13‌ operating system.

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13 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/06/17/apple-seeds-tvos-13-beta-2-to-developers/')
Apps are now able to play full-screen video previews right on the Home screen, similar to Netflix.

The rest sounds great, but I hope we can disable this. Not too excited to have Netflix’s most infuriating feature imposed on my Home screen.
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13 months ago
Picture-in-Picture is a welcome long overdue feature! Can’t wait till September!
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12 months ago

How’s beta 2 for those who dared?? Is it usable??

It's usable but there are times where the box just doesn't respond to the iOS app controller. Other than that, it's a massive improvement from beta 1.
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13 months ago
AppleTV has been extremely buggy in B1. Hopefully its smoother in this iteration.
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13 months ago
Really looking forward to this. PiP is a nice surprise.
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13 months ago

updating.... my appletv4k

Thanks for the update!
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