Apple Releases tvOS 14.6 to Prepare for Upcoming Apple Music Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio Features

Apple today released tvOS 14.6, the sixth update to the tvOS 14 operating system that was released in September 2020. tvOS 14.6 comes a month after the release of tvOS 14.5, an update that added a new Color Balance feature and support for the latest gaming controllers.

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tvOS 14.6, which is a free update, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ owners who have automatic software updates enabled will be upgraded to tvOS 14.5 automatically.

tvOS updates are often minor in scale, focusing primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than outward-facing changes. tvOS 14.6 lays the groundwork for the new Apple Music Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio features.

Spatial Audio offers an immersive audio experience that makes it sound like music is coming from all around you, while Lossless Audio will provide higher-quality songs that sound exactly like they do when artists record them in the studio.

At launch in June, thousands of tracks will feature Spatial Audio support, and more than 20,000 songs will support Lossless Audio. By the end of the year, 75 million songs will support it.

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Top Rated Comments

iPhone7s Avatar
20 months ago
Showing for me in Ireland. Apple TV 4K (2nd gen). Please move to Ireland if you want to update it now
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liberte1776 Avatar
20 months ago
Even when you turn automatic updates on on Apple TV, it seems to take a long time for it ever do it all by itself.

Also there should be an easy way to update your Apple TV remotely from your iPhone! why should I have to physically touch the Apple TV?!
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ignatius345 Avatar
20 months ago
Spatial Audio for Apple Music is all well and good, but will tvOS support Spatial Audio for movies and TV shows?
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Manuphoto Avatar
20 months ago
It’s going to be 20 million songs supporting lossless at launch, not 20,000 :)
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Goodeye Avatar
20 months ago

tvOS 14.6, which is a free update, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. ‌Apple TV‌ owners who have automatic software updates enabled will be upgraded to tvOS 14.5 automatically.
So it's not out (or it's a rolling update) and clearly the post didn't get proofread before publishing.
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nutmac Avatar
20 months ago

It's called Dolby Atmos.
Which isn't helpful when you are watching TV with AirPods.
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