tvOS 18 Compatible With Apple TV HD Released Nearly Nine Years Ago

Here is something that Apple TV HD owners probably didn't expect when they purchased the device all the way back in 2015: it continues to receive software updates.

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Apple's developer website confirms that the tvOS 18 update unveiled today is compatible with all Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models.

tvOS 18 compatibility list:

  • Apple TV HD (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)
  • Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) (2021)
  • Apple TV 4K (3rd Generation) (2022)

tvOS 18 introduces a new InSight feature, includes updates to Enhance Dialogue and subtitles, adds new screen savers, supports 21:9 video playback for playing movies and shows on projectors, and more, as outlined in our coverage of the update.

The first tvOS 18 developer beta is available for Apple Developer Program members starting today, and Apple said that a public beta will follow in July. The update should be widely released to all users with a compatible Apple TV in September.

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Top Rated Comments

Frantisekj Avatar
2 weeks ago
There are not big changes and all boxes earn money so it is good to keep them working.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoeShades Avatar
2 weeks ago

And every version of the remote for Apple TV has sucked.
The current remote is perfectly fine
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoeShades Avatar
2 weeks ago
I still use one and it works better than the fire (ad) tv junk
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneMadRssn Avatar
2 weeks ago
For comparison, the other big streaming device to launch in 2015 was the Google Nexus Player. That's still around and receiving OS updates, right?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tinsoldier Avatar
2 weeks ago
I would love an Apple TV based on the M4, get some console level games on it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
2 weeks ago

Keep in mind Apple TV HD has an A8 chip, which is also found in iPhone 6, 6plus. Crazy to see this support for new home architecture and apps
Makes you wonder if dropping 32-bit support and A8 in iOS 13 was really necessary in 2020. I guess when Apple wants to sell subscriptions, they'll do anything to keep old hardware alive.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)