Apple Releases First Public Beta of tvOS 17 for Testing

Apple Releases First Public Beta of tvOS 17 for Testing

Apple on Wednesday seeded the first public beta of its upcoming tvOS 17 operating system that will be released to the general public later this year.

Public beta testers can download the tvOS 17 beta by signing up on Apple’s public beta website and then opening up the Settings app on Apple TV, choosing the Software Updates section under System, and then toggling on the Get Public Beta Updates option.

The update brings FaceTime to the Apple TV 4K, a new Control Center, and a feature that allows you to use your iPhone to locate a misplaced Siri Remote.

The tvOS 17 Control Center now displays system status, including the time and active profile, and expands to include other helpful details based on a user’s personal activity.

Users will now be able to launch the Apple TV remote inside Control Center on their iPhone to find their Siri Remote (2nd generation or later). As users get closer to the remote, an onscreen circle grows in size to guide their movement.

For more information about tvOS 17, click here.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver Apple TV, especially early betas of new operating systems. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.