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Published on March 6th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple rolls out fourth tvOS 11.3 beta

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of a future tvOS 11.3 update to public beta testers and developers with minor changes and limited support of AirPlay 2 functionality.

Features of the current tvOS 11.3 beta include enhancements to Match Content support, automatic mode switching for AirPlay video sessions, and automatic frame rate switching on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Automatic frame rate switching means Apple TV units will match the frame rate of the content being viewed and adjust it up or down if needed.

The beta offers limited support for AirPlay 2. At present, it allows users to stream music and other audio content from a device running iOS 11.3 beta to multiple Apple TV units after setting them up in the Home app.

Developers with knowledge of Apple’s plans tell BESTAppleTV.com full implementation of AirPlay 2 is expected in the final release and availability for testing in a future beta release. Developers expect features like volume control, scrubbing of a track in reverse or forward, sharing of playlists and individual track selection to be part of a future release.

One developer said, “I expect to see a full feature-set of AirPlay 2 (functionality) in the next month.”

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 11.3 public beta can be obtained 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, but if an update has not automatically installed, users can manually install it.

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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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