Apple on Monday seeded the ninth beta of tvOS 12 to developers for testing. The new beta release comes one week after the release of the eighth beta. A new beta is also available to public beta testers.
tvOS 12 Beta 9 is build 16J5360a. The previous eighth beta was build 16J5355a. It is compatible with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV devices, and can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. Once that’s in place, new betas can be downloaded via the software update menu on the Apple TV.
The upcoming new Apple TV operating system brings support for Dolby Atmos audio to the Apple TV 4K, and also adds new features to allow easy access to shows, as well as new space aerial screensavers.
With the release of tvOS 12, the Apple TV 4K set top box will be the only streaming player to be both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified, ensuring a cinematic experience of 4K HDR visuals and immersive sound that flows all around in three-dimensional space.
This fall, iTunes will offer Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and the titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free.
With tvOS 12, Apple TV will offer zero sign-in for authenticating app access. The Apple TV will detect the user’s broadband provider and automatically sign them in to all video apps available through their cable subscription. The zero-sign in feature will initially be limited to Charter, but will expand to other providers in the future.
Apple, in collaboration with the International Space Station National Lab and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, unveiled brand new 4K HDR aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of beautiful aerials.