Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after the launch of the tvOS 14.4 update.

apple tv 4k banner
Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.

With tvOS 14.5, Apple will begin enforcing its App Tracking Transparency privacy feature, which will require app developers to ask for and receive a user's permission to access their random advertising identifier (known as the IDFA) to track user activity across apps and websites.

Going forward, when an app wants to access the IDFA on tvOS, users will see a prompt with options to "Allow Tracking" or "Ask App Not to Track." Selecting "Ask App Not to Track" will prevent the app's developer from accessing the user's IDFA, and developers will also have to respect the user's tracking preference and refrain from using other methods to track users.

Apple's tvOS updates are often minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. There's no word yet on what else might included in the tvOS 14.5 update, but we'll update this article should anything new be found. Though we don't often know what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.

The main tvOS 14 update released in September brought expanded Picture in Picture support, new HomeKit integration with HomeKit Secure Video cameras, support for multiple Apple Arcade profiles, and more, with details available in our tvOS 14 roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now)

Top Rated Comments

lec0rsaire Avatar
9 months ago
tvOS has turned out to be pretty solid. I’m still using the ATV 4 (HD) and I’m really impressed that the A8 with 2 GB RAM is still capable of running smooth nearly 6 years after it came out.

Apple’s optimization is really second to none.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aesc80 Avatar
9 months ago

Downloading now. Says "About 30 minutes remaining." Never had that long an updates, with ~200 Mbps here. Wonder if it's just slow, or if it's got something interesting to it.
It won't take that long. It took about 10 minutes on my end. My guess is their servers are getting slammed.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
solofest Avatar
9 months ago

Any word on Sony’s DualSense support?
Looks like at least one person has it working: [MEDIA=twitter]1356315795442327558[/MEDIA]
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jairopena Avatar
9 months ago
Apparently there is now support for 24.000 content, although it looks like 23.976 is broken now. At least there is something in the works, hopefully we see both formats in the end.

https://www.avsforum.com/threads/apple-tv-4k-lacks-support-for-24-000-video.2961262/post-60466895
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

tvOS 14

Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of tvOS 14.5 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Wednesday April 7, 2021 10:02 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming one week after Apple released the sixth tvOS 14.5 beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed...
apple tv 4k banner

Apple Seeds Second tvOS 14.5 Beta to Developers

Tuesday February 16, 2021 10:03 am PST by
Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming two weeks after Apple released the first tvOS 14.5 beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed...
appletv4k

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 14.2 Update to Developers

Tuesday October 13, 2020 11:24 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.2 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta and a month after releasing the tvOS 14 update. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using...
tvOS 14

Apple Seeds RC Version of tvOS 14.5 to Developers

Tuesday April 20, 2021 11:04 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the RC version of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming two weeks after Apple released the seventh tvOS 14.5 beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed...
tvOS 14

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14.4 to Developers

Wednesday December 16, 2020 10:02 am PST by
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming two days after the launch of the tvOS 14.3 update that brought a new Fitness app and support for Apple Fitness+. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple...
apple tv 4k banner

Apple Seeds Fifth tvOS 14.5 Beta to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:06 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming one week after Apple released the fourth tvOS 14.5 beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed...
apple tv 4k banner

Apple Seeds Fourth tvOS 14.5 Beta to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Monday March 15, 2021 10:06 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming two weeks after Apple released the third tvOS 14.5 beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed...
tvOS 14

Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 14.3 Update to Developers

Wednesday November 18, 2020 10:12 am PST by
Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.3 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming one week after Apple released the first beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Other than new ...
apple tv 4k banner

Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of tvOS 14.4 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Thursday January 21, 2021 10:12 am PST by
Apple today seeded the RC version of an upcoming tvOS 14.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a week after release of the second beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Apple's tvOS...
appletv4k

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14.3 Update to Developers

Thursday November 12, 2020 1:49 pm PST by
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.3 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta available a week after the tvOS 14.2 release. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Other than new...