Apple tends to release a new version of the operating system that powers the Apple TV player each year. Last year, for example, saw the release of tvOS 16. During this year’s WWDC event last month, Apple also confirmed that tvOS 17 will be available later this year.
Now, and as part of that slow rolling out process, Apple has released the first public beta of tvOS 17, providing those interested with a way to test out the latest version and all the newest features.
As this is a beta version, and the first beta, it should be expected that the experience might not be as reliable as the stable version of tvOS 16 currently is. In other words, those opting to test the beta should be aware that they might run into bugs and issues.
To get access to the latest version, users will need to enroll their eligible Apple TV player in the Apple Beta Software Program. Once enrolled, they will then be able to install the tvOS 17 public beta like they would any other update – via the Software Updates section in Settings.
In terms of what’s new with tvOS 17, one of the big visual changes is the new Control Center. Not only has it been redesigned to be more intuitive, but the settings for connected devices are also now easier to access.
Another big change that’s coming with tvOS 17 is the addition of FaceTime. While an iPhone or iPad will still be required to make a FaceTime call, the user will be able to see the recipients on the TV connected to the Apple TV player.
There are other changes as well, including support for VPNs, so there’s plenty to check out if you do decide to install the beta.
For those that opt not to enroll in the beta program, they can still expect to get access to all these new Apple TV features. They’ll just have to wait until later in the year, when the stable version of tvOS 17 rolls out to eligible players.