Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 16 to Developers

Now that the WWDC keynote event is over, Apple has started seeding new software updates to developers. tvOS 16, the newest version of the tvOS operating system for the Apple TV 4K and HD, is now available. tvOS 16 was not previewed at the event, but there is indeed a new beta.

apple tv 4k design triad
Developers can download the new tvOS 16 beta by downloading a profile onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode.

tvOS 16 is limited to developers right now, but Apple will provide a public beta of the software to public beta testers later this summer. tvOS 16 is expected to be released this fall alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and watchOS 9.

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

Top Rated Comments

Kylo83 Avatar
4 weeks ago
They didn’t even say a word about it
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
markfc Avatar
4 weeks ago
tvOS better get FaceTime and Camera Continuity.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
satchmo Avatar
4 weeks ago
The announcement of 'Matter' seemed like filler news. This was months, maybe even years ago.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrr Avatar
4 weeks ago
Apple sure has not been putting much effort into Apple TV OS.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
4 weeks ago
tvOS 16 beta (20J5299n)
[SPOILER="tvOS 16 Beta Release Notes"]
[HEADING=2]App Store[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]New Features[/HEADING]

* AppTransaction ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/apptransaction') allows developers to cryptographically verify that the app was purchased on the App Store. (86739279)
* A property environment is included in Product.SubscriptionInfo.RenewalInfo ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/product/subscriptioninfo/renewalinfo') and Transaction ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/transaction'). It represents the server environment in which the RenewalInfo and Transaction occurred, respectively. (85988753)
* The recentSubscriptionStartDate property is included in Product.SubscriptionInfo.RenewalInfo ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/product/subscriptioninfo/renewalinfo'). It represents the date that marks the start of the most recent period of continuous subscription. A period is considered a continuous subscription if there’s no more than a 60-day gap between any two subscribed periods. (86599570)
* The priceLocale ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/skproduct/1506145-pricelocale') property is included in Product ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/product'). Use this property to format price values deriving from the product’s decimal price. (81480683)
* Present the offer code redemption sheet with the offerCodeRedemption(isPresented:eek:nCompletion:) ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/View/offerCodeRedemption(isPresented:onCompletion:)')view modifier in your SwiftUI apps. (85321941)
* The StoreKit Messages API allows you to control when App Store messages are displayed in your app. (85321880)

[HEADING=2]DeviceDiscoveryUI[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* PIN-paired devices are shown as discovered devices but aren’t supported. (93993830)
* When establishing connection to Apple Watch, the App Not Installed notification is missing if the corresponding app isn’t already installed on Apple Watch. (93064321)
* When displaying the connection authorization alert on devices, the Apple TV name might appear as “null”. (90062941)
* In SwiftUI the Fallback view for DeviceDiscovery might not correctly render on unsupported hardware. (93933154)
* In the device picker, supported devices might appear flagged incorrectly as “Device not supported”.

[HEADING=2]Game Controller[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]New Features[/HEADING]

* Many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers are supported by the Game Controller framework on macOS 13, iOS 16, and tvOS 16 and later. (82409809)

[HEADING=2]Media Experience[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* Settings doesn’t show Calibrated after completing Wireless Audio Sync. (91144719)

[HEADING=2]Siri[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* Siri might not reliably find and play music that isn’t in your Apple Music library on Apple TV. (94361633)
Workaround: Add music to your library before asking Siri to play it, or search and play it directly from the Music app.

[HEADING=2]StoreKit[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]New Features[/HEADING]

* All StoreKit ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit') APIs are now annotated for sendability and main actor isolation. (84157048)

[HEADING=2]Swift[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved Issues[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Using @Environment(\.dismiss) no longer causes a view to be invalidated when the Environment changes. (86771246)

[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* Network.framework resolved an issue that could cause NWBrowser, NWConnection, NWConnectionGroup, NWEthernetChannel, NWListener, and NWPathMonitor to trigger a retain cycle when various Handler blocks are set. Starting with macOS 13, iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16, if software using Network.framework targets these releases as the minimum OS, the object releases any blocks they captured once cancelled, breaking the retain cycle. (89677097)
Workaround: For software targeting older versions, the retain cycle can be broken by setting the handler blocks to nil after canceling the object.

[HEADING=2]SwiftUI[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]New Features[/HEADING]

* You can now place a TextField ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/TextField') in an Alert ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/Alert') by using alert modifiers that accept a ViewBuilder ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/ViewBuilder'). (64819930)

[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* SwiftUI views log to the console [UIFocus] <typename> implements focusItemsInRect: - caching for linear focus movement is limited as long as this view is on screen. (93428139)
* Passing multiple children to a custom Layout fails to compile. (92914226)
* For control, Section ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/Section'), or other views that have a Label ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/Label'), the ViewBuilder ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/ViewBuilder') content now automatically arranges and styles multiple views as hierarchical elements, such as title and subtitle. If the label views are intended to be arranged horizontally rather than hierarchically, wrap the views within an HStack ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/SwiftUI/HStack'). (85184563)

[/SPOILER]
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PHXHow? Avatar
4 weeks ago
If they would allow us to put purchased movies into custom folders then tvOS would be complete.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple tv 4k design triad

Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 16 to Developers

Wednesday June 22, 2022 10:05 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 16 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming two weeks after Apple introduced tvOS 16 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Developers can download the new tvOS 16 beta by downloading a profile onto the Apple TV using Xcode. tvOS 16 enables cross-device connectivity, a feature that allows developers to...
Apple TV tvOS 15 Feature

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 15.5 to Developers

Tuesday April 5, 2022 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 15.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming three weeks after the release of tvOS 15.4. Developers can download the new tvOS 15.5 beta by downloading a profile onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode. tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements...
apple tv 4k design green

Apple Releases tvOS 15.5 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

Monday May 16, 2022 9:57 am PDT by
Apple today released tvOS 15.5, the fifth major update to the tvOS operating system that first launched in September 2021. tvOS 15.5 comes more than two months after the release of tvOS 15.4, an update that brought support for captive WiFi networks. tvOS 15.5 can be downloaded over the air on the Apple TV through the Settings app by going to System > Software Update. ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple...
apple tv 4k design green

Apple Releases tvOS 15.5.1 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

Wednesday May 25, 2022 9:42 am PDT by
Apple today released tvOS 15.5.1, a minor update to the tvOS operating system that first launched in September 2021. tvOS 15.5.1 comes about 10 days after the launch of tvOS 15.5. tvOS 15.5.1 can be downloaded over the air on the Apple TV through the Settings app by going to System > Software Update. ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌ owners who have automatic software updates...
Apple TV tvOS 15 Feature

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 15.4 to Developers

Thursday January 27, 2022 10:12 am PST by
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 15.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a day after the release of tvOS 15.3. Developers can download the new tvOS 15.4 beta by downloading a profile onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode. tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather...
Apple TV tvOS 15 Feature

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 15.5 to Developers

Tuesday May 3, 2022 10:08 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 15.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming one week after the release of the third beta. Developers can download the new tvOS 15.5 beta by downloading a profile onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode. tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements...
Apple TV tvOS 15 Feature

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 15.5 to Developers

Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:01 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 15.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming one week after the release of the second beta. Developers can download the new tvOS 15.5 beta by downloading a profile onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using Xcode. tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements...
apple tv 4k design green

Apple Releases tvOS 15.3 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

Wednesday January 26, 2022 9:45 am PST by
Apple today released tvOS 15.3, the third major update to the tvOS operating system that first launched in September 2021. tvOS 15.3 comes more than a month after the launch of tvOS 15.2, an update that added support for Photos Memories, Apple Music Voice Plan, and new screen savers. tvOS 15.3 can be downloaded over the air on the Apple TV through the Settings app by going to System >...

Popular Stories

top stories 2jul2022

Top Stories: M2 MacBook Air Release Date, New HomePod Rumor, and More

Saturday July 2, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
The M2 MacBook Pro has started making its way into customers' hands and we're learning more about how it performs in a variety of situations, but all eyes are really on the upcoming M2 MacBook Air which has seen a complete redesign and should be arriving in a couple of weeks. Other top stories this week included a host of product rumors including additional M2 and even M3 Macs, an updated...
Mac Studio IO

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Mac Studio Models

Thursday June 30, 2022 7:42 pm PDT by
Apple today began selling refurbished Mac Studio models for the first time in the United States, Canada, and select European countries, such as Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, two refurbished Mac Studio configurations are currently available, including one with the M1 Max chip (10-core CPU and 24-core GPU) for...
macbook air m2

Exclusive: Apple Plans to Launch MacBook Air With M2 Chip on July 15

Wednesday June 29, 2022 5:23 pm PDT by
The redesigned MacBook Air with the all-new M2 Apple silicon chip will be available for customers starting Friday, July 15, MacRumors has learned from a retail source. The new MacBook Air was announced and previewed during WWDC earlier this month, with Apple stating availability will begin in July. The MacBook Air features a redesigned body that is thinner and lighter than the previous...
13 inch macbook pro m2 mock feature 2

M2 MacBook Pro Much Slower Than Previous Model

Friday July 1, 2022 2:24 am PDT by
Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip features a significantly slower SSD compared to the previous model, resulting in poorer performance in some workflows, it has been discovered. Specifically, it has been found that the $1,299 base model with 256GB of storage has significantly slower SSD read and write speeds compared to the equivalent previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro....