tvOS 10 Apple TV HomeKit

After several beta versions, tvOS 10.0.1 is now available for all fourth-generation Apple TVs. The software update was previously only available to registered developers for testing.

tvOS 10.0.1 is the first update to tvOS 10 which was released last month. The new version is a minor release that includes bug fixes and security improvements. A future update is expected to bring single sign-on.

This feature will let you sign in to your cable provider once, then be logged in to each available channel automatically rather than going through the set up process with special codes and Safari over and over and over.

The App Store will even present you with a list of all the available channels for your cable provider so you don’t have to hunt for the right channels on your own.

How to update Apple TV to tvOS 10.0.1

  1. Launch Settings app
  2. Navigate to System → Software Updates → Update Software
  3. tvOS will search for an available update, follow the on-screen prompts to proceed

After you prompt your Apple TV to update to the latest version of tvOS, your Apple TV will show a progress indicator on your screen and likely reboot two times. You will likely see a What’s New splash screen highlighting new features after the installation is complete.

This process will manually check for the available update as soon as it becomes available. Even if you don’t manually check for the latest software update, tvOS 10.0.1 will likely automatically download and install the tvOS update if you use the default settings.

How to check tvOS for automatic downloads

  1. Launch Settings app
  2. Navigate to System → Software Updates and check that Automatically Update is toggled on

tvOS 10 is only available on the fourth-gen (and later in the future) Apple TV. Third-gen and earlier Apple TVs run a different operating system that no longer receives updates.

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