Apple Releases tvOS 12.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released tvOS 12.4, the eighth update to the tvOS 12 operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 12.4 comes more than a month after the release of tvOS 12.3, which brought an updated TV app.

    tvOS 12.4 is a free update that can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 12.4 automatically.


    There were no new features discovered during the beta testing period for tvOS 12.4, making it unclear what's included in the update.

    Apple does not provide release notes for tvOS updates, making it difficult to determine what might be new or improved in the operating system.

    The update likely focuses on introducing performance improvements and bug fixes, and there could be some refinements to the TV app that was introduced in tvOS 12.3.

    Apple has also released new 7.3.1 Apple TV software that's designed for the third-generation Apple TV.

    Article Link: Apple Releases tvOS 12.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV
  2. MarceloAvalos macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2015
  3. Defthand macrumors 65816

    Sep 1, 2010
    Definitely an Apple product that I will no longer invest in.

    I had to replace two 3rd gen units because viewing activities on some streaming services don't sync between older AppleTV models and newer ones. Sure, it's ultimately the fault of the app developer (looking at you Hulu) but I can understand their dilemma. The 3rd gen AppleTV has an A5 processor. The 4th gen unit has an A8 processor. Yet the 3rd gen unit wasn't discontinued until one year after the 4th gen was introduced. Apple continued to sell its older unit knowing the product was essentially obsoleted.

    Btw, I replaced my units with Amazon Firesticks. Got two for less than the price of one AppleTV. The UI is as thoughtful as Apple's. And the remote is worlds better. Will probably sell the 4th gen units we have and replace those with Firesticks too just to spite Apple for pretending their TV aspirations were just "a hobby".
  4. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Let's see how long your Amazon Firesticks last!
    In all fairness, the ATV3 delivered amazing results in 2012 and 2013. By 2014, it's price was £59. Try and find something as beautifully made as that for £59!
    For £59 the ATV3 was an incredible box for the Apple Eco-system. To this day, it still plays movies from iTunes in HD and has Apple HomeSharing and Airplay. All for £59. Not Apple's fault if third party apps decide not to go with it. To this day, Apple STILL updates the ATV3 - Amazon Prime, ATV+ etc. Name another company that will update a cheap £59 product dating back from 2012? I can't think of any.

    Good luck if you think that you are getting a decent product with Amazon. Knowing that company and it's disgraceful components used in their mainstream thrash tells me that it'll end up in the landfill far quicker than any Apple product will.
  5. MistrSynistr macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2014
    I have two Apple TV 4k's and three Roku's. And love them all. I like the ATV's a little better though. I would NEVER get Chromecast/Amazon anything, that's for sure.
  6. Defthand macrumors 65816

    Sep 1, 2010
    In pre-4 gen units, there's not even a proper app catalog to choose apps from. And the fact that some streaming services neglect the earlier product is still a user concern. $99 U.S. is hardly cheap if you have to equip a half dozen TV's and upgrade them to preserve the user experience. In seven years, there has been three evolutions of the product in order to address deficiencies with the prior unit and to keep up with improvements to the media itself. That's a turnover every 2 years. If the trend continues, a Firestick makes it affordable to upgrade at that rate.
  7. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Every time a tvOS update is released, it's "Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 12.4 automatically". I have had that option enabled for years and never, not once, has any of my two Apple TV 4 units (or the Apple TV 3s that I used before) upgraded automatically. Does this work for anybody?
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Nope. Never worked on mine either.
  9. BF1M macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2018
    Hopefully it fixes the out of sync video freezing while audio continues issue.
  10. Sansawnee macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2019
    Does anyone know why my Apple TV updated TvOS 13 without a beta or developer account?
  11. manthe macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    For me, yes - on all 4 of my Apple TVs. I have 2 ‘regular’ 4th gen and 2 4K ATVs and all 4 have always auto-updated. Luck of the draw I guess...
  12. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Can you describe how exactly that works? Does it actually wake up (at what time?) and update itself without any intervention by you?
  13. DavisEngeler macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2010
    Bad news: my mom was just recently complaining about the exact same syncing bug with Hulu on Fire Stick. Sometimes it even loses watch progress within the same episode/device if she leaves and comes back.

    Edit: I also experience the Hulu syncing bug at about the same rate on my Apple TV 4K and Roku Stick. My guess is that it’s a server side issue since it occasionally happens on all 3 of these platforms.
  14. iAssimilated macrumors member


    Apr 29, 2018
    Good question, I do not know for sure. My AppleTV 4th Gen also auto updates itself, but with that said, it usually does not update on the first day of the new release (it usually takes a couple of days).
  15. Defthand macrumors 65816

    Sep 1, 2010
    My experience is that the syncing issue occurs between dislike versions of their app. For example, our Watch lists sync properly among the 4th gen TVs and iPad app, which share the same UI constructs. Yet none of our Watch lists sync between those devices and the 3rd gen TVs, which have the original UI design.
  16. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    One of mine did this one day. I never enrolled it in the beta program. It just one day had tvOS 13 on it. And now I cannot roll it back to the way it is.
  17. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Here, I’ll save y’all a click:

    What's new in tvOS 12.4
    This update includes general performance and stability improvements
  18. George Dawes macrumors 6502a

    George Dawes

    Jul 17, 2014
    I’ve got several atvs and I love them

    Replaced my blu ray and DVD players as well as my freeview , Freesat and sky pvrs

    Streaming is the future - embrace it
  19. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    New hardware please! I have a 2018 LG OLED that will never be updated with new features because, you know, LG.
  20. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    It's probably confusing because they rarely make any visible changes to Apple TV so maybe MR just assumed they don't provide release notes.
  21. SeanZzz macrumors newbie


    Jul 23, 2019
    My AT4 has frozen twice when powering on since this update yesterday. I’m also having color issues with it, occasionally everything looks grayed over, then out of no where it just goes back to normal.
  22. Mike_Trivisonno macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2015
    After updating, I can no longer stream anything to the AppleTV. All it says is "connecting to Living Room" and then errors out.
  23. nomad411, Jul 24, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019

    nomad411 macrumors newbie


    Mar 1, 2011
    I am on the fence about this. I just recently got my first Smart TV, and AppleTV app is coming to it. Supposedly AirPlay2 as well. I look forward to seeing what the new Apple TV box will offer, new release in a few months?
  24. Dizbuster macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2013
    I updated yesterday and today I got the blinking light. Can’t turn it on...unplugged it, no luck. I need to go out and buy a USB-C tomorrow to restore it on my computer. Hopefully it’ll resolve the problem.
  25. Vassily macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2019
    Well, it does, but you gotta keep your device on at all times. It's won't wake up on its own, I reckon. When you turn it on, it will come and and do the update. It does with me on a 4K appleTV device but it also used to do the same in the past with older devices.

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