Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple releases tvOS 12 developer beta 5 for Apple TV

Apple has seeded the fifth beta of tvOS 12 for fourth and fifth generation Apple TV devices a little more than a month since it was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

tvOS 12 adds Dolby Atmos cinematic audio support, which was activated in the second beta version. Apple says iTunes will add Dolby Atmos content as well, and iTunes libraries will be upgraded for free on all 4K-supported titles. 

tvOS 12 also adds ‘zero sign-on,’ the new technology through Apple TV that will detect the user’s Wi-Fi network and automatically sign them into all the supported apps they receive through their subscription. Zero sign-on will begin with the cable company Charter Communications later this year and will expand to other providers over time, the company said.

Other improvements to Apple TV in tvOS 12 include ‘Ariels’ screensavers with the addition of videos taken on board the International Space Station in 4K, high-definition, AutoFill passwords from the iPhone to sign into Apple TV apps, an Apple TV Remote automatically added to Control Center on the iPhone or iPad, and support on Home control systems like Control4, Crestron, and Savant.

In testing by BESTAppleTV, some of the new features – such as the ‘Ariels’ screensavers and ‘Zero sign-on’ – are not included for testing.

tvOS 12 is scheduled for final release this fall. The tvOS 12 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV using a profile that’s installed through the Xcode software.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and 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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