Soon after Apple announced additions to the iPhone and Apple Watch lineup at its “Wonderlust” event, they started rolling out the Release Candidate Version of tvOS 17 with important bug fixes and refinements, according to Apple’s Developer Webpage. This update comes three weeks after the release of tvOS 17 beta 8.
The build number of this update is 21J354 and it is compatible with both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. There’s no letter at the end of the build number, which signifies that this could be the final version of tvOS 17 which will be released to the public unless they release a second Release Candidate version.
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 www.developer.apple.com or a public beta tester on www.beta.apple.com can opt-in to receive beta updates by going into Settings>General>Software Update>Beta Updates and selecting tvOS 17 Developer Beta.
Along with tvOS 17 RC, Apple also released the Release Candidate Versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, iOS 16.7, iPadOS 16.7, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma.
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