News tvOS Update

Published on March 29th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


tvOS 11.3 is now available for Apple TV 4th gen and 4K models

Apple was busy with OS updates today, and the Apple TV was not neglected. tvOS 11.3 is now available for download on the Apple TV fourth-gen model and Apple TV 4K.

The update comes with the usual performance improvements and bug fixes of any OS release, and it also introduces some enhancements and features. Fourth-gen Apple TV owners will be pleased to get automatic frame rate switching functionality already available on Apple TV 4K. In addition, Match Content has been enhanced, and automatic mode switching is now available for AirPlay video sessions.

You can now watch ad-free music videos if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, and Apple is pushing the TV app with live sports programming from TBS, TNT and more.

Considering the current data mining issues with Facebook, it’s good to see Apple address app security with this update. Whenever an Apple app or feature is going to grab your personal information, a special icon will appear on your screen. It would be nice to see this icon with third-party apps attempting to access personal info, but this is a good start. If you’re curious about the security content of tvOS 11.3, check out Apple’s support doc.

Conspicuous by its absence is support for AirPlay 2. This feature was available in early tvOS 11.3 betas, but was removed from the third beta and didn’t make its way back in despite belief from developers that it would be there. Those hoping to add their Apple TV to the Home app through the HomeKit setup will have to wait a while longer.

If you have automatic software updates turned on, chances are good that your Apple TV has already been updated. If not, you can get the update by launching the Settings app and navigating to System > Software Updates and selecting Update Software.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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