Hardware Photo of fourth-generation Apple TV set-top box

Published on November 14th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Apple releases third beta of tvOS 11.2

Apple seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.2 update to developers and public beta testers on Monday. Developers familiar with the update tell BESTAppleTV.com its changes are minimal with security improvements and bug fixes.

The newest version comes one week after seeding the second tvOS 11.2 update and two weeks after the launch of the tvOS 11.1. The updates are designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.

The new update 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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