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Apple Releases tvOS 14.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models

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Apple today released tvOS 14.4, the fifth update to the tvOS 14 operating system that was initially released back in September. tvOS 14.4 comes more than a month after the release of tvOS 14.3.


tvOS 14.4, which is a free update, 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 enabled will be upgraded to tvOS 14.4 automatically.

There were no new tvOS features discovered during the tvOS 14.4 beta testing process, so it is not clear what's new in the update.

Apple's tvOS updates are often minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes, and Apple does not offer detailed release notes. Apple does, however, provide some tvOS details through a tvOS support document, but information is often limited.

The main ‌‌‌tvOS 14‌‌‌ update released in September introduced Picture-in-Picture outside of the ‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌ app, introduced audio sharing features for connecting two sets of AirPods or Beats, added new HomeKit capabilities, and expanded game controller support and multiuser gaming options. More on ‌tvOS 14‌ can be found in our tvOS 14 roundup.

Article Link: Apple Releases tvOS 14.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models
 

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so it is not clear what's new in the update.
Hopefully it fixes the bugs that came with tvOS 14. The screensaver still doesn't always come on, but it has improved a little. It comes on about 60% of the time now.

I kind of wish I could go back to tvOS 12.
 
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Baggy Spandex

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I stopped using my Apple TV HD last year when I upgraded my bedroom tv to a 4K TCL with built in Roku. There is nothing the Apple TV can do for me that the Roku can’t do. Plus the Roku remote is way better.
What product does Apple make that does things that others can't? Their products are always more about seamlessness and user experience.
 
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I hope it’s not just mine but my 4K Apple TV’s volume is much lower than if I was to use my tv’s smart apps. To the point that I try to avoid using it so I am not cheating my self out of a good audio experience. I am running a C9 OLED to a Sonos arc with sub. The weakest link seems to the the 4K Apple TV I wish things were better between us 😔
 
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Does it fix the dumpster fire that is the Library tab in the Apple TV App?

It’s been broken for two years, and broken in different ways depending on which device you use.
 
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What product does Apple make that does things that others can't? Their products are always more about seamlessness and user experience.

Also...An Apple TV box connected to my Sony TV means I don't have an Android device (Sony TV) connected directly to my network. That by itself is worth the price of admission.
 
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Anyone else seeing this update being really slow? Mine has been stuck at "Preparing Update..." for about 10 minutes without it seemingly progressing.
 
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I find AirPlay to be very useful
The latest Roku Ultra update has full Airplay 2 support.

For me, there is only one killer app that makes me keep using my ATV: Infuse 6 by Firecore. I have a 10TB library of movies, TV series, educational videos. Infuse literally turns my ATV, iPad Pro 12.9, and iPhone into my own easy to use Netflix all without needing a powerful server because Infuse handles all the heavy lifting on their servers.
 
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You cannot exit from the NBA app by just pushing the menu button over and over. The only way you can is the 'appletv' button, the one that looks like a display. Honestly, I'm not sure what to call it, but it doesn't map to 3rd party remotes, so you either have to have the apple remote, which is usually lost in the couch cushions, or use your phone. Hopefully they fix this!
 
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I hope it’s not just mine but my 4K Apple TV’s volume is much lower than if I was to use my tv’s smart apps. To the point that I try to avoid using it so I am not cheating my self out of a good audio experience. I am running a C9 OLED to a Sonos arc with sub. The weakest link seems to the the 4K Apple TV I wish things were better between us 😔
I get the same behaviour with my Hisense TV with Roku built in
 
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You cannot exit from the NBA app by just pushing the menu button over and over. The only way you can is the 'appletv' button, the one that looks like a display. Honestly, I'm not sure what to call it, but it doesn't map to 3rd party remotes, so you either have to have the apple remote, which is usually lost in the couch cushions, or use your phone. Hopefully they fix this!
It's called the 'home' button.
 
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