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Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Apple seeds fourth tvOS 12 public beta

Apple seeded the fourth tvOS 12 public beta update to public beta testers Tuesday, less than two weeks since the release of the third version.

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 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.

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.

tvOS 12 is scheduled for final release this fall.

The tvOS 12 public beta can be found 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.

Attention Sling TV users…if you’re considering installing the tvOS 12 public betas, we seriously recommend you do not. The Sling TV app has previously crashed at the start of its loading on versions two and three. 

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About the Author

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 Associated Press and United Press International.



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