During the keynote for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple showcased tvOS 12 and its new features.
Today, Apple has officially seeded the first developer beta of tvOS 12. The update is available for registered developers, and is supported on the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV set-top boxes. The new software can be installed on a supported box by way of a profile using Xcode. A corresponding public beta of the same software should be launched later this week as well.
As far as what’s new, there isn’t much in the new features department. One of the biggest new additions, however, is support for Dolby Atmos for improved audio quality while watching specific, supported content.
In addition to that, the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV units will also support what Apple calls “Zero Sign-On”. With this feature, when you are on your TV provider’s broadband network, the supported apps and channels will automatically populate without actually logging into anything. Charter Spectrum will be the first to support this feature, with more providers coming down the line eventually.
Apple is also adding new Aerials backgrounds to tvOS 12, with new images of the planet earth that were captured by astronauts on the International Space Station. These will include both day shots and night images.
tvOS 12 will have several betas, both for developers and public beta testers, with a public launch of the new software landing some time this fall.