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Published on December 4th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Apple releases final tvOS 11.2 for 4th & 5th gen Apple TV

Apple today released tvOS 11.2, the final version and second major update to the tvOS operating system designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.

The new update adds the new and much-talked-about AV Display Manager for Apple TV 4K models only, which will give users the ability to automatically switch video display modes to match the native frame rate and dynamic range of video content. Users can find the new Match Content options in the Settings app under Video and Audio after updating to tvOS 11.2.

tvOS 11.2 can be downloaded on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TVs through the Settings app by going to System and then Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded automatically.

Match Content includes Match Dynamic Range and Match Frame Rate options.

Match Dynamic Range lets users “play content in its original dynamic range” according to the description, automatically adjusting the size of video content to the correct dimensions on Apple TV 4K models.

tvOS 11.2 screenshotThe new AV Display Manager feature of tvOS 11.2 requires a setting set up.

Match Frame Rate lets users “play film and international content at its original frame rate,” which will automatically happen on selected televisions.

tvOS 11.2 also brings a new Sports section to the dedicated TV app, which offers access to live sports events through integration with the ESPN and NBA apps. The Sports app can be accessed through a ‘Sports’ tab at the top of the page and includes customization of favorite teams and live sports scores.

The update also includes support for switching the Apple TV 4K display output to SDR for apps that are GPU-bound when running in HDR and it re-introduces the watched/unwatched category in Home Sharing for movies, TV shows, and home videos.

The watched/unwatched feature allows users to manually mark content as to their viewing status, including complete seasons. It is a highly coveted featured for many users, some who feared in the early beta releases of tvOS 11.2 that it would be permanently omitted.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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