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The latest beta software for the Apple TV brings one of iOS 8’s headline features to the (former) hobby device: iCloud Family Sharing. While the feature isn’t yet functional, it’s expected that users will be able to log into one account and access purchased music and movies, shared photos, and more from other devices on the same family sharing account…

Family Sharing was introduced at WWDC earlier this year, and allows family members who share one credit card to access iTune, App Store, and iBooks purchases made by other users. It also creates a calendar and Reminders list that can be shared among the entire family. The feature will become publicly available this fall along with the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite software updates.

The new beta also brings support for the updated iCloud Photos feature, but, oddly enough, the old Photo Stream function was already called iCloud Photos on earlier versions of the Apple TV. We expect to see the new software hit everyone’s little black boxes in the fall.

Earlier today, Apple also seeded new betas for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.