Apple releases tvOS 17 Beta 4 to developers

Apple releases tvOS 17 Beta 4 to developers

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 17 with Exciting New Features


Apple has recently released the fourth beta of tvOS 17 to developers, and it comes with some exciting new features. While tvOS updates may not receive as much attention as updates to iOS and macOS, this update brings notable additions to the Apple TV experience. From FaceTime on the big screen to revamped controls and a range of new features, tvOS 17 promises to enhance the way we interact with our televisions.

New Features and Enhancements

FaceTime on Apple TV

One of the standout features of tvOS 17 is the introduction of FaceTime on Apple TV. This marks the first time that FaceTime, Apple’s popular video calling service, is available on the big screen. By connecting the Apple TV 4K to an iPhone or iPad acting as the camera, users can enjoy FaceTime calls with family and friends right from their TV. The FaceTime interface appears on the TV screen, making it a seamless and immersive experience.

Gesture-Based Reactions

In addition to FaceTime, tvOS 17 introduces new gesture-based reactions for FaceTime calls on Apple TV. With these gestures, users can generate on-screen effects by using their hands. For example, making a heart shape with your hands will display hearts on the screen. This adds a fun and interactive element to video calls and allows users to express their emotions in a more engaging way.

SharePlay with Split View

Another exciting feature in tvOS 17 is SharePlay with Split View. This functionality allows users to watch television shows and movies with friends and family using the SharePlay feature. From now on, you can easily enjoy your favorite content together, even if you are miles apart. Moreover, third-party apps like Zoom can also take advantage of this functionality, further expanding the options for shared viewing experiences.

Enhanced Control Center

Control Center on Apple TV has received a revamp in tvOS 17, making it easier than ever for users to access key settings and information. With a redesigned interface, important controls are now at your fingertips, allowing for a more seamless and efficient user experience. Additionally, Apple has introduced a new feature that helps you locate a misplaced Siri Remote by using your iPhone. This handy feature ensures you never have to scramble to find your remote again.

Additional Features and Enhancements

Aside from the major features mentioned above, tvOS 17 brings several other enhancements to the Apple TV experience. These include:

  • New aerial screen savers to add beauty and variety to the TV viewing experience.
  • Support for third-party VPN apps, allowing users to enjoy a secure and private internet connection on their Apple TV.
  • Dolby Vision 8.1 compatibility on supported devices, offering an enhanced visual experience with improved color accuracy and contrast.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the new features and enhancements, be sure to check out our detailed Apple TV roundup.

Availability and How to Update

The tvOS 17 update is currently in beta testing and available exclusively to registered developers. If you have a registered developer account, you can download the update by opting in to the beta through the Settings app on your Apple TV. However, please note that a registered developer account is required to access the beta version.


With the release of the fourth beta of tvOS 17, Apple is bringing exciting new features to the Apple TV. From FaceTime on the big screen to enhanced controls and a range of other improvements, tvOS 17 promises to enhance the way we interact with our televisions. Whether you’re catching up with loved ones on FaceTime or enjoying shared viewing experiences with friends, tvOS 17 brings a fresh and immersive experience to your living room. Stay tuned for the official release of tvOS 17, and get ready to unlock new possibilities with your Apple TV.