Apple today seeded eleventh beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the tenth beta and more than two months after unveiling the tvOS 13 software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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

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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 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." There's also a new Picture-in-Picture feature. Picture-in-Picture 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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tvOS 13 is available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time and will see an official public launch this fall.

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Top Rated Comments

unfunfionn Avatar
19 months ago
I just want them to let us disable the new top shelf ads for TV and Music, and the scrolling lyrics in Music. I hate those features so much and they're so obviously not for 100% of customers. Why would I want ads for Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift videos? I have never listened to either of them and don't have a single track of theirs in my library. In tvOS 12, top shelf had shortcuts to albums I specifically added to my library.

Again, the features are fine for some users, but making them mandatory is terrible.
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pizzzle Avatar
19 months ago

Anyone seeing the new screensavers yet?
haven't seen them yet..
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Eorlas Avatar
19 months ago

So no clear date for the release? Synchronized with the release of the new macOS, I hope, right?
There's been talk of a new aTV, so perhaps an Oct event with new aTV's alongside the OS update with macOS released with new Macbooks?
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KazKam Avatar
19 months ago
"tvOS 13 introduces an updated Home screen aimed at making it easier to discover new content."

Translated from marketing speak: "tvOS 13 introduces an updated Home screen aimed at making it easier for us to make you watch advertisements."
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Braderunner Avatar
19 months ago

I am - I have a nice view of the earth kicking in when I listen to music.

So far, this build seems entirely stable for me. I've not encountered a single problem. My Xbox One controller now reconnects itself when I press the home button, no app crashes, and things seem speedy.
The new ones are the under the sea ones.
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4jasontv Avatar
19 months ago
But is there an easy way to tag my profile so it doesn’t recommend episodes I watched on my wife’s profile?
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