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Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Apple releases second developer beta of tvOS 11.2

Apple seeded Monday the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.2 update to developers, moving the final public release of a new Apple TV operating system one step closer.

The release came one week after seeding the first version 11.2 update and less-than-a-week after the launch of the tvOS 11.1.

The new update – which works on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models only – adds the new and much-talked-about AVDisplayManager, which will give users the ability to automatically switch video display modes to match the native frame rate and dynamic range of video content. Details of those capabilities were released October 31st.

According to Apple’s release notes, 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 mode and 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 watched and unwatched, including complete seasons. It is a highly coveted featured for many users, some who feared in the early beta releases of tvOS that it would permanently be omitted.

It is not known at this time when the final, golden master version of tvOS will be released, but it is expected to be out before the end of the fall, which ends December 21st.

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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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