Apple releases eighth Developer Beta of tvOS 17

Pururaj Dutta
Appleosophy | Apple releases eighth Developer Beta of tvOS 17
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Apple has started rolling out the eighth developer beta of tvOS 17 with important bug fixes, according to Apple’s Developer Webpage. This update comes one week after the release of tvOS 17 beta 7. We can expect the sixth Public Beta for tvOS 17 to be released within the next 24 Hours.

As the next Apple Event is set to take place on September 12th at 10 a.m. P.T., Apple has recently shifted to a weekly release schedule for the betas from a bi-weekly one to prepare and polish the software for the final launch. These could very well be one of the last betas before the Release Candidate version is released.

The build number of this update is 21J5353a and it is compatible with both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. The letter ‘a’ at the end of the build number signifies that this could be one of the last beta updates to tvOS 17 before the Release Candidate version. The Release Notes for this update contain a list of several resolved issues, which is another sign of the software being close to its final release.

tvOS 17 includes support for Dolby Vision 8.1, third-party VPNs, a revamped Control Center, new Screen Savers, and finally, FaceTime. Users will also be able to handoff calls from their iPhone or iPad to their Apple TV with support for Center Stage.

According to Apple, “FaceTime on Apple TV takes advantage of Continuity Camera support to wirelessly connect to the user’s iPhone or iPad, and leverages the device’s camera and microphone to bring participants together on the TV.”
Third-party apps like Zoom and Webex will be added to the tvOS App Store later this year for users to use these apps on their Apple TV, along with FaceTime.

Here’s how it works:

Users who are registered as a developer on can opt-in to receive beta updates by going into Settings>System>Software Updates>Get Beta Updates and selecting tvOS 17 Developer Beta. Do note that this version is not stable and is meant for testing purposes.
Users can also sign up as a Public Beta Tester for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14 Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 on to install beta software.

Along with tvOS 17 Beta 8, Apple also released the eighth developer betas of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10. The final versions of these will most likely be released to the public in September, a few days after Apple’s “Wonderlust” Event. The third developer beta of visionOS 1.0 was also released today, the final version of which is expected to be released early next year along with Apple Vision Pro.

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Pururaj Dutta
Author: Pururaj Dutta

Pururaj is the Editor and Manager of Redfruit Media Brands, including popular platforms like Appleosophy, TechPod Social, Apple Summit, and Silicon Report. As a tech enthusiast, he enjoys exploring & reviewing new products, and sharing his insights with the community. With a strong passion for technology, Pururaj is dedicated to providing accurate and insightful information to his readers.

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