tvOS 16.1 Bug Wrongly Identifies New 128GB Apple TVs as 64GB Models

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A bug on tvOS 16.1 is causing models of the latest Apple TV with 128GB of storage to virtually run out of storage once a user has used 64GB of storage.

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The bug, first highlighted in FlatpanelsHD's review of the new ‌Apple TV‌ and more recently by Macworld, causes new models of the ‌Apple TV‌ with 128GB of storage to think they only have 64GB of storage when in reality they have double the storage. Once the ‌Apple TV‌ surpasses 64GB of used storage, the user is presented with the following message when trying to download a new app: "The app can't be installed because there isn't enough space. Delete one or more apps or manage your storage in Settings."

According to FlatpanelsHD, the bug is not fixed in the latest beta of tvOS 16.2. In the meantime, users impacted by the bug using an ‌Apple TV‌ with 128GB of storage can try queueing enough downloads together until their ‌Apple TV‌ passes the artificial 64GB limit.

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Top Rated Comments

firewire9000 Avatar
7 months ago
There is nothing wrong with it, nowadays anyone can identify themselves as whatever they want. Let the Apple TV 128 model identify as the 64 if it wants. We should be inclusive.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
7 months ago
Man these endless endless bugs. Getting old.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
7 months ago
iOS 16.....the OS with endless bugs.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dz5b609 Avatar
7 months ago
Are we sure they're not using binned 128GB chips? :p
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
exoticSpice Avatar
7 months ago
what's happening to Apple's software team?

Their hardware team is good to excellent but software its buggy!!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sydnxt Avatar
7 months ago
That’s a pretty huge deal (not just because I bought one), Imagine buying an 8TB MacBook Pro and getting 512gb of usable space. How this passed testing is beyond me
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)