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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV.

tvOS betas are not as easy to install as beta updates for iOS and OS X. The update will require the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

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It is not yet clear what is included in the new version of tvOS, but Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking and scrolling tweaks and we will include any other external facing changes below.

Article Link: Apple Releases First Beta of tvOS 9.1
 

JonneyGee

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With an update so soon, it sounds like they'll be releasing updates on a schedule similar to iOS (and starting with 9.0 would further this speculation). That's a great sign! And I'm sure one of the the updates – perhaps tvOS 10 – will include direct updates instead of requiring it to be done through a computer.
 
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Icaras

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Yesterday movie titles weren't showing above when movies was selected on the home screen, content didn't update to show the new charts section, and HDMI-CEC just stopped working. A quick restart resolved everything of course, but tvOS is definitely buggy at the moment.
 
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salohcin

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With an update so soon, it sounds like they'll be releasing updates on a schedule similar to iOS (and starting with 9.0 would further this speculation). That's a great sign! And I'm sure one of the the updates – perhaps tvOS 10 – will include direct updates instead of requiring it to be done through a computer.

I'm pretty sure it's just the Beta that requires a computer to update. The full release will be able to be updated from the ATV just like with previous models/OSs.
 
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dugbug

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In my mind these are patch-worthy (not listing big features here)
1. remote app (or at minimum some kind of private password/pin code entry from an idevice) support
2. audio quality issues
3. weird discoveryd-like issues from airplay (like appletv(3) all over again).

There are greater travesties but keep it to legit major 1.0 issues
 
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StevieD100

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It's a shame I don't have a USB-C cable laying around, and I'm not going to buy one just for this.
It is a shame that I don't have a computer with USB-C capability lying around and not going to buy one just for this.

There fixed it for you.

Actually, I think that this can't be true. Surley any USB connection (USB-3 preferred) should be able to do this update.
 
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Icaras

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I hope tvOS 9.1 brings proper handoff keyboard support to iOS devices for inputing text like during setup. I'd be fine if this replaced the remote app, but just give us a method for inputing text, other than the Siri remote!
 
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