tvOS 15 Overview Updated September 11, 2021

tvOS 15: New features, compatibility, release date

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tvOS 15 received its first preview during the WWDC21 keynote. The Apple TV software will receive a small update but with great new features.

New features in tvOS 15

Different from all other upcoming operating systems from Apple, tvOS 15 doesn’t have a special page about its new features. In fact, everything new with the system is available on the new Apple TV 4K page.

The upcoming tvOS operating system will bring SharePlay functionalities, HomePod mini integration as the TV speaker, Spatial Audio, and more:

  • For All of You: Browse a new row in the Apple TV app to find something that everyone in the house can’t wait to watch.
  • Shared with You: Movies and shows shared through Messages appear in a new row in the Apple TV app.
  • Spatial Audio: Listen with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max for a theater-like experience with sound that surrounds you.
  • Smart AirPods routing: Get an automatic onscreen notification to magically connect your AirPods.
  • HomeKit camera enhancements: View multiple cameras around the house at the same time on your Apple TV.
  • Room-filling stereo sound: Pair two HomePod mini speakers with Apple TV 4K and enjoy rich, balanced sound for everything you watch.

SharePlay feature, which was supposed to be one of the key functions coming to tvOS 15 and will let you watch movies or shows while on a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then add Apple TV to share the viewing experience on the big screen, is not launching with version 15. Apple confirmed it will need a bit more time to release this feature.

HomePod 15 software

HomePod 15, the operating system based on tvOS 15 and made for the HomePod and HomePod mini, will launch alongside the tvOS update.

This beta software is only available to a select number of developers and Apple usually doesn’t specify the features coming to it.

As for now, we were able to confirm that Apple is working on add Lossless and Dolby Atmos support to the HomePod, as you can learn more about it here.

tvOS 15 device compatibility

All Apple TVs compatible with tvOS will be able to upgrade to the newest tvOS. Here’s the full list:

  • Apple TV HD (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2016)
  • Apple TV 4K (2021)

You can learn more about the second-generation Apple TV 4K here and the new Siri Remote here.

Release date: When will tvOS 15 come out?

tvOS 15 was introduced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

Its beta program started on the same day as the keynote, June 7. The release of the upcoming tvOS version to the general public is expected in the fall, probably around September.

Apple is currently testing tvOS beta 9.

tvOS 15 public beta: release date and how to install

On June 30, Apple released the tvOS 15 public beta version. With that, all fourth-generation Apple TV owners will be able to install the upcoming tvOS software, set to release in a few months from now.

Here’s how to instal tvOS public beta:

First, go to the website and sign up with your Apple ID (preferably the one you use with your Apple TV). If you have never joined the Apple Beta Software Program before, the update might not appear on your Apple TV, so make sure you are registered in the program.

After that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV
  2. Enter the System menu
  3. Click Software Updates
  4. Turn on Get Beta Updates option

tvOS 15 Stories September 15

After its “California Streaming” event, Apple announced it was releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 to the public on September 20. Now, the company has confirmed that tvOS 15 and HomePod 15 will launch alongside the other operating systems on Monday…

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Apple promised that it will release the HomePod mini in Italy in 2021. While a launch date is still unknown, at least the RC version of tvOS 15 shows that both Apple TV and HomePod will now support Siri speaking Italian.

tvOS 15 Stories September 7

After Apple announced the September event for the iPhone 13 next week, the company is now seeding tvOS 15 beta 9 and HomePod 15 beta 9 to developers.

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tvOS 15 Stories August 8

Last month, Apple launched the Beta Software Program for all users who want to preview iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Now, the the company is looking to expand beta testers and is sending emails to those subscribed to the beta program to try out its latest public betas.

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tvOS 15 Stories July 2

tvOS 15 includes a new look for the built-in video player interface on Apple TV. The new design features more readable titles and discoverable controls.

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In addition to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey, Apple also released a public beta of tvOS 15 this week. And if you’re wondering how to install a tvOS release beta on your Apple TV, read on as we explain how to do just that.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 16

iOS 15 and macOS Monterey were definitely the stars of the show at WWDC 2021 last week, while tvOS 15 didn’t get much attention on stage (or even off stage). Actually, tvOS hasn’t changed much in recent years, but this year, Apple added two important new features for Apple TV users: Spatial Audio when using AirPods and full support for the HomePod mini.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 9

Although it didn’t get the same attention as iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, tvOS 15 was also announced at WWDC 2021 with some new features for Apple TV users, including support for Spatial Audio with compatible AirPods for the first time. At first, the details were unclear, but now the company has finally explained how the feature will work on tvOS 15.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 8

During the WWDC21 keynote, Apple introduced the new iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, and watchOS 8, but it actually never mentioned tvOS 15 by its name. Despite the lack of focus on tvOS 15 during the event, there are new features coming to Apple TV later this year.

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tvOS 15 didn’t get a lot of stage time during yesterday’s WWDC 2021 keynote, with Apple only highlighting new features such as better HomePod mini integration. As highlighted by a new WWDC session, a new feature coming with tvOS 15 will make it easier for users to sign in to tvOS apps using Touch ID and Face ID.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 7

Following the WWDC 2021 opening keynote earlier today, Apple has now released the first developer beta of tvOS 15. The update brings some great enhancements for Apple TV users, such as Spatial Audio for first-time AirPods users and FaceTime SharePlay.

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