Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 16.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 16.1 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming one week after the launch of the second beta.

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tvOS updates are typically minor, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than outward-facing changes. No new features were found in the first beta of tvOS 16.1.

Apple shares some information on tvOS releases in its tvOS support document, which is updated after each tvOS launch. tvOS 16 brought enhanced multiuser support, Personalized Spatial Audio when using AirPods, and Accessibility improvements.

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.

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George Dawes Avatar
23 months ago
Just update the apple arcade graphics beyond nintendo switch f*s

The ATV 4k has so much untapped potential it's soul destroying
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Realityck Avatar
23 months ago

TVos 16 broke HBO Max for me.
There was a sept 25 2022 update available of this HBO tvOS app.
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Realityck Avatar
23 months ago

TVos 16 broke HBO Max for me.
This update is tvOS 16.1, and you likely need to check if your HBO Max app had a an update.
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zapmymac Avatar
23 months ago

TVos 16 broke HBO Max for me.
Working for me. tvOS 16 official (no beta)
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Realityck Avatar
23 months ago
[SPOILER="tvOS 16.1 Beta 3 Release Notes"]
[HEADING=2]GameKit[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* Projects that import the GameKit framework or add Game Controller capability (for example, add the GCSupportsControllerUserInteraction property) may fail to build in this beta. (99878945)

[HEADING=2]Memory Allocation[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* The system memory allocator free operation zeroes out all deallocated blocks in tvOS 16.1 beta or later. Invalid accesses to free memory might result in new crashes or corruption, including NULL-pointer dereferences and non-zero memory being returned from calloc. (97449075)

[HEADING=2]TV Services[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in tvOS 16.1 beta 3[/HEADING]

* Fixed an issue where TVUserManager.shouldStorePreferencesForCurrentUser would erroneously always return false. (99846466)

[/SPOILER]
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bpeeps Avatar
23 months ago

This update is tvOS 16.1, and you likely need to check if your HBO Max app had a an update.
I'm aware. I deleted and reinstalled. Still broken. Works everywhere else though, iPad, smart TV, etc.
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