Apple Releases First Public Beta of tvOS 17

Apple today seeded the first beta of the upcoming tvOS 17 update to its public beta testing group, allowing the general public to download and test the update ahead of its September launch.

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Public beta testers can download the tvOS 17 beta by opening up the Settings app on Apple TV, choosing the Software Updates section under System, and then toggling on the Get Public Beta Updates option. Signing up on Apple's public beta website is also required.

tvOS 17 adds FaceTime to the ‌Apple TV‌, with an iPhone or iPad serving as the camera. The ‌FaceTime‌ interface shows up on the bigger display of the TV, and Center Stage keeps you front and center as you move around the room. There's even a Split View option so you can use ‌FaceTime‌ while watching TV or playing a game on the other part of the screen.

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There's a revamped Control Center that makes it quicker to get to key settings and information without needing to go into the Settings app, plus it supports useful shortcuts and tools that are customized for each user.

If you have a second-generation Siri Remote, you can use the ‌Apple TV‌ Remote section in the ‌iPhone‌'s Control Center to track it down, preventing you from losing your remote.

Other new features in tvOS 17 include new aerial screen savers, screen savers based on the Memories section of the Photos app, an enhance dialogue option to make it easier to hear what's being said on a TV show or movie, and more. Additional details can be found in our Apple TV roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

Gator5000e Avatar
13 months ago
Maybe I will stop gettng the same 3 screen savers over and over. Especially that overhead one of the street in Dubai I think it's Dubai). I am so sick of that one.
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Realityck Avatar
13 months ago

My ATV 4k refuses to update to this. Every time it runs through the process it stays at the most recent 16PB. I give up.
Try turning off beta updates, then re-enable beta updates, with agreement, and see if ti show up, it should.
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Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
13 months ago
The dialogue volume update is the most important one
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smithrh Avatar
13 months ago
Guessing we'll have to wait for third-party VPN devs to come up with VPN access?

At this point, the only non-VPNed devices that I have are ATVs...

(Not for region shifting, but keeping traffic and traffic patterns away from my ISP)
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bebarhood Avatar
13 months ago

There's a Beta VPN (FloVPN) but I haven't been reading good things about it. Many have signed up for one month and end up being charged for a year with no recourse. The log where you have been, etc. On a positive note----it works so (hopefully) more VPNs will follow, soon.
I was thinking more of the current apps available for iOS and iPadOS. I am curently subscribed to ExpressVPN and hoping that tvOS 17 will support it.
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_Spinn_ Avatar
13 months ago
Really looking forward to FaceTime.
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