Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of tvOS 14 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming tvOS 14 update to developers for testing purposes. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 14 beta comes one week after the release of the sixth beta.

tvOS dev beta 7 Feature 1
Registered developers can download the new tvOS 14 beta onto the ‌Apple TV‌ through a profile that's installed using Apple's Xcode software.

tvOS 14 introduces Picture in Picture, a feature that lets you watch movies or TV shows in a small window in the corner of the screen while you do something else on the ‌Apple TV‌.

tvos14pip
There's a new Home section in the Control Center on ‌Apple TV‌ in tvOS 14, which allows HomeKit-connected devices to be controlled right from the TV. There's an option to view HomeKit camera feeds on the larger screen of the television or in Picture in Picture mode so you can keep an eye on your house at all times.

tvos14
Apple Arcade on ‌Apple TV‌ now supports multiple users, so each tvOS user can keep track of their individual game levels, leaderboards, and invitations. Additional gaming controllers are supported, including the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers, and ‌Apple TV‌ games can now take advantage of haptic feedback and other features built into controllers.

applearcadeprofileswapping
There's an option to manually choose a screensaver category in tvOS 14, and for those who watch YouTube, tvOS 14 supports watching YouTube videos in 4K for the first time.

For more on the new features coming in tvOS 14, make sure to check out our roundup. tvOS 14 is expected to be released this fall alongside iOS and iPadOS 14.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)

Top Rated Comments

Realityck Avatar
46 months ago
Currently installing the Pubic beta.

tvOS 14 beta 7 (18J5379a)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RollTide1017 Avatar
46 months ago

Haven't experienced almost any bugs on AppleTV beta, what type of bugs are you seeing? Did you report them in the developer bug reporter?

Large libraries of what? Where most of us all stream Netflix library has millions of shows along with Hulu and all the other apps, and it only downloads items locally in the background as needed.

Apple doesn't show ads, however third party apps certainly can choose to as a way to offer free tiers to users. With Hulu for instance you can pay a premium to get live tv without ads. If you don't want to pay for that, then you pay by watching ads instead. Some apps choose the charge a fee and still have some ads but you'll want to reach out to them directly if you'd like to see additional options with a particular app such as being able to pay more to see less ads. Apple of course would love if there were no ads on any shows since no one in general loves ads, but then all those apps would have to charge a lot more for all customers and many customers won't pay for content they are use to getting for free.
They were talking about the TV app not, Apple TV in general. The TV app is littered with adds for other content, it is a cluttered mess of an app that needs a complete redesign. The original intent was to aggregate your content from different apps into one place. What it has turned into is basically one big ad for other content instead of focusing on the content I have it is always pushing me to stuff that I don't have access to with out spending more money.

This is why I continue to use the standalone Movies and TV Shows apps to access my iTunes libraries, instead of using the TV app. The only time I bother with the TV app is when I want to access TV+ content. I use Shortcuts on my iPhone to jump straight to the TV+ section of the TV app, avoiding all the other clutter. If Apple ever adds shortcuts to Apple TV, I'll do the same there. I really wish Apple would redesign or release a standalone app just for TV+.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BWhaler Avatar
46 months ago
Apple TV app is still a buggy embarassement after 7 betas.

App still will not load large libraries—punishing Apple’s biggest customers. To say nothing of the app being litered with ads—commonly for shows and services you have already paid for you and watched. Remember how Apple used to make fun of PCs and all the crapware that came pre-loaded? This is no different.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TechRemarker Avatar
46 months ago

Apple TV app is still a buggy embarassement after 7 betas.

App still will not load large libraries—punishing Apple’s biggest customers. To say nothing of the app being litered with ads—commonly for shows and services you have already paid for you and watched. Remember how Apple used to make fun of PCs and all the crapware that came pre-loaded? This is no different.
Haven't experienced almost any bugs on AppleTV beta, what type of bugs are you seeing? Did you report them in the developer bug reporter?

Large libraries of what? Where most of us all stream Netflix library has millions of shows along with Hulu and all the other apps, and it only downloads items locally in the background as needed.

Apple doesn't show ads, however third party apps certainly can choose to as a way to offer free tiers to users. With Hulu for instance you can pay a premium to get live tv without ads. If you don't want to pay for that, then you pay by watching ads instead. Some apps choose the charge a fee and still have some ads but you'll want to reach out to them directly if you'd like to see additional options with a particular app such as being able to pay more to see less ads. Apple of course would love if there were no ads on any shows since no one in general loves ads, but then all those apps would have to charge a lot more for all customers and many customers won't pay for content they are use to getting for free.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
furbzv1 Avatar
46 months ago

4K YouTube yet?
Prob not but will confirm when the update is done installing.

edit: 4K YouTube not available yet.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GIZBUG Avatar
46 months ago
Hopefully the random black screen/loss of HDMI signal issue has been fixed. Happens with a few apps on previous beta. Will find out soon enough
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple car wheel icon feature yellow

Apple Cancels Electric Car Project

Tuesday February 27, 2024 11:05 am PST by
Apple has canceled all plans to release an autonomous, electric vehicle, reports Bloomberg. Apple has been working on an Apple Car for more than a decade and invested millions of dollars into development before deciding it was not a viable project. Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams today told approximately 2,000 employees working on the Apple Car that the project was canceled,...
iOS 18 Mock iPhone 16 Feature Gray

iOS 18 Rumored to Be Compatible With These iPhone Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:31 am PST by
iOS 18 will be compatible with the iPhone XR, and thereby also the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with the same A12 Bionic chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS updates. The post was spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, and it has since been deleted. However, this was likely because the...
Google maps feaure

Google Maps Finally Rolls Out Glanceable Directions

Wednesday February 28, 2024 2:07 am PST by
After more than a year since announcing the feature, Google Maps is finally rolling out glanceable directions on Android and iOS (via Android Police). The feature allows users to view turn-by-turn directions and a live ETA directly from their device's lock screen – information that was previously only visible when a phone was unlocked. Glanceable directions also work on the app's route...
iPad Air 5

iPadOS 18 Rumored to Drop Support for These iPad Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:55 am PST by
iPadOS 18 will drop support for iPad models equipped with the A10X Fusion chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS and iPadOS updates. This means that iPadOS 18 would not be compatible with the first-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro or the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models released in 2017. It...
iOS 17

iOS 17.4 Coming Soon With These New Features for Your iPhone

Monday February 26, 2024 6:08 am PST by
In a press release last month, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released in March, and the update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone. Key new features in iOS 17.4 include major App Store changes in the EU, Apple Podcasts transcripts, and an iMessage security upgrade. The update also adds new emoji and includes preparations for the launch of next-generation CarPlay...
M3 MacBook Air Feature

New MacBook Air Models Launching Next Month: 5 Features to Expect

Wednesday February 28, 2024 1:50 am PST by
The existing 15-inch MacBook Air arrived in June 2023, which is not that long ago in terms of Mac update cycles. However, Apple released the current 13-inch ‌MacBook Air back in June 2022. It is now the oldest Mac in Apple's current crop, having not been updated in 600 days. But rumors suggest that is unlikely to be the case for much longer. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has...
iOS 17

10 New Things Your iPhone Can Do in Next Month's iOS 17.4 Update

Tuesday February 27, 2024 8:18 am PST by
Apple will next month release iOS 17.4, its biggest iPhone software update of the year so far, featuring a number of features and changes that users have been anticipating for quite a while. Below, we've listed 10 new things that your iPhone will be able to do after you've installed the update, which is projected to arrive by March 7. When the day arrives, be sure to check Settings ➝...