Apps apple_tv_4k_angled

Published on August 20th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple rolls out eighth tvOS 12 public beta

Apple seeded the eighth tvOS 12 public beta update – 16J5355a – to public beta testers Monday, letting non-developers try out the new operating system software ahead of its fall public release.

The release comes one week since the availability of the seventh version and is now available for download through the Apple TV settings app.

The beta – tested Monday by BESTAppleTV, has Dolby Atmos cinematic audio support, which was activated in the second beta version. Apple is slowly adding to iTunes Dolby Atmos-supported content as well, and iTunes libraries will be upgraded for free on all 4K-supported titles.

Swappable screensavers are also now working, but ‘Ariels’ screensavers – videos taken on board the International Space Station in 4K, high-definition – are not included in the eighth beta.

Other improvements to Apple TV in tvOS 12 that are not currently part of the beta but are expected in later releases include 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.

tvOS 12 will also add ‘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.

tvOS 12 is scheduled for final release this fall.

The latest tvOS 12 public beta can be downloaded by going to the Settings app on Apple TV, navigating to ‘System’, then to ‘Software Updates’, followed by toggling on ‘Get Public Beta Updates’. The Apple TV can also be set up to receive updates automatically by turning on the ‘Automatically Update’ selection on the same screen.

Tags: , , , ,

About the Author

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑