Apple released tvOS 11 to the public recently, and now the first beta seed for the set-top box’s upcoming software update is in the wild.
Apple today officially seeded the first public beta of tvOS 11.1 to public beta testers. To get the beta on your registered Apple TV, you will need to head into the System section and travel to the Updates section. From there, the “Get Public Beta Updates” must be switched on. Once that is on, the Apple TV will download and install the beta software.
The public beta, like the developer beta, is likely to focus on performance improvements and bug fixes, all of which will be dealt with behind-the-scenes. The first developer beta did not include any major forward-facing user feature additions, and it is likely that the first public beta will follow this trend. If Apple does include any new features in this public beta, we will update this post accordingly.
It is not a secret that tvOS 11 in general was a pretty minor update in the grand scheme of things. It does now support AirPods, and the software also includes the ability to automatically switch between light and dark themes as well. Otherwise, the software update for the set-top box was pretty mild.
The major focus for Apple TV this year was the hardware, with the Apple TV 4K being announced, along with 4K HDR content being supported via iTunes.