Apple Releases First Public Beta of tvOS 15

Apple today seeded the first beta of tvOS 15 to public beta testers, allowing members of the public to download and test the new update on modern Apple TV models.

apple tv 4k design triad
Public beta testers can download the tvOS 15 beta update by opening up the Settings app on the ‌Apple TV‌, navigating to the Software Updates section under "System," and then toggling on "Get public Beta Updates" after signing up to beta test on Apple's public beta website.

tvOS updates are often minor in scale, but there are some notable new additions that are coming. SharePlay, a FaceTime feature that lets multiple users watch TV shows or movies together, will integrate with tvOS, and there's a new "For All of You" recommendation engine that suggests shows everyone might enjoy.

A Shared With You section also displays movies and shows that were shared with you through the Messages app so you remember to check them out. When paired with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, the ‌Apple TV‌ supports Spatial audio for a theater-like surround sound experience, and there's a new feature for automatically connecting your AirPods through Smart AirPods routing.

Two HomePod mini speakers can be paired with the ‌Apple TV‌ 4K for stereo sound, and if you have HomeKit cameras, you can view multiple cameras at the same time on the ‌Apple TV‌.

Apple may add new features or refine existing features throughout the tvOS 15 beta testing process, with the software set to be released in the fall.

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

Top Rated Comments

Zance Avatar
35 months ago
Should add a warning to this post. There is NO way to downgrade to an official OS release after updating to the beta if you're using an Apple TV 4K.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HappySponge Avatar
35 months ago

Used to work fine on Sony. They released an update and poof, no more functionalit.
Sony just released another firmware update that fixes this. Apple TV can now turn on AND off a sony TV through HDMI-CEC.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Khedron Avatar
35 months ago

Did you check this? this was problem for mine:

[HEADING=2]Make sure that HDMI-CEC is on[/HEADING]
If some features don't work, check the following:
[LIST=1]
* Make sure that your TV or receiver offers HDMI-CEC support. For help, ask the TV manufacturer or check the manual.
* Check that HDMI-CEC is turned on in the menu of your TV or receiver. Use the remote that came with your equipment. Since manufacturers often have different names for HDMI-CEC, look for a setting that ends in "Link" or "Sync." Here are some examples:


* LG: SimpLink
* Philips: EasyLink
* Samsung: Anynet+
* Sharp: Aquos Link
* Sony: BRAVIA Sync

Power button has always worked with my LG. I have CEC on.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MauiPa Avatar
35 months ago

Hope power button on Siri remote can learn IR now
Did you check this? this was problem for mine:

[HEADING=2]Make sure that HDMI-CEC is on[/HEADING]
If some features don't work, check the following:
[LIST=1]
* Make sure that your TV or receiver offers HDMI-CEC support. For help, ask the TV manufacturer or check the manual.
* Check that HDMI-CEC is turned on in the menu of your TV or receiver. Use the remote that came with your equipment. Since manufacturers often have different names for HDMI-CEC, look for a setting that ends in "Link" or "Sync." Here are some examples:


* LG: SimpLink
* Philips: EasyLink
* Samsung: Anynet+
* Sharp: Aquos Link
* Sony: BRAVIA Sync
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
35 months ago
Trying this on one ATV to see what's changed. Hey maybe it will fix the library issue finally for BWhaler? ;)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZzapDK Avatar
35 months ago

Used to work fine on Sony. They released an update and poof, no more functionalit.
Seems model specific then, because my Sony (65XG9505) works fine
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 17

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

Friday March 1, 2024 1:30 am PST by
Apple will this 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 ➝...
Apple Maps vs Google Maps Feature

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which Is Better?

Friday March 1, 2024 7:10 am PST by
Apple Maps has been providing navigational guidance to Apple users for almost 13 and a half years now, and much has changed about the app in that time. However, according to data from Canalys, the overwhelming majority of iPhones in the U.S. still have Google Maps downloaded as an alternative to Apple Maps, which comes preinstalled on all iPhones. We want to hear from MacRumors readers. Which do...
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...
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...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Gains Over 50 Movies for a Limited Time

Friday March 1, 2024 6:29 am PST by
Apple TV+ today gained over 50 movies, adding to its back catalog of content for a limited time. The collection includes a large number of popular and classic titles. Subscribers can access the movies in a "Great Movies on Apple TV+" section in the Apple TV app. Some titles are also available in 3D. Movies in the collection include: 21 Jump Street 300 American Sniper Argo ...
M3 MacBook Air Feature

New MacBook Air Models Launching This March: 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...
airpods pro 2 pink

Apple Releases New Beta Firmware for AirPods Pro 2

Thursday February 29, 2024 11:41 am PST by
Apple today introduced a new beta firmware update for the AirPods Pro 2, both the USB-C and Lightning versions. The new firmware is version 6E188, up from the prior 6B34 firmware released in December. Apple does not often provide details or notes on what features might be included in the refreshed firmware, so it is unclear what's new. Note that this software is limited to developers at the...