Apple Seeds tvOS 10.1 Beta 5 to Developers

Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth beta of tvOS 10.1 to developers, and it’s available as an OTA download on Apple TVs with the appropriate configuration profile. The release comes just a week after beta 4, with only a slightly updated build number (14U593), suggesting that the software may be close to ready for public release.

From what we’ve seen thus far, tvOS 10.1 is mostly a maintenance release focused on under-the-hood improvements rather than user-facing changes, with the exception of two things: Single Sign-On and the TV app. The former of course authenticates you across all apps with a single sign on, and the latter is a new recommendation app.

Single Sign-On support is currently limited to 8 providers (CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hotwire, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and Sling TV) and some apps like Netflix don’t yet support the TV app, but Apple says it is working to add new partners.

To update, developers must have their Apple TV connected to their computer running iTunes via a USB Type-C to USB-A cable. The software can then be downloaded and installed to the Apple TV 4 running tvOS through iTunes or the Apple Configurator. Once that initial beta software has been installed, all subsequent seeds can be downloaded as over-the-air updates.


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