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tvOS 17.3 beta 1 now available for testing

Published Dec 12th, 2023 1:08PM EST
Apple TV 4K running the latest tvOS 17.2 with the revamped TV app
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After releasing a packed tvOS 17.2, Apple is now seeding the first beta of tvOS 17.3. At the moment, it’s unclear what changes Cupertino is bringing to this operating system update. That said, we think Apple could be once again working on the Apple Music Collaborative Playlist function.

During iOS 17.2 beta testing, Apple was readying this function. However, during the testing cycle, the company removed all references for this feature. On tvOS 17.2, it wasn’t possible to create collaborative playlists, but you could see if a playlist had a friend collaborating.

With tvOS 17.3 beta 1, it’s possible that Apple is improving the Apple TV app, in addition to removing the iTunes Movies application, as with the stable version, you can access it but not use it.

Alongside tvOS 17.3, Apple is seeding the first betas of iOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3, watchOS 10.3, and macOS 14.3. With tvOS 17.2, Cupertino added several features, such as:

  • Revamped Apple TV app: Apple has a new sidebar menu showing everything related to Apple, such as TV+, MLS Season Pass, Store, and Library, in addition to the user’s channels and apps. What’s interesting with this change is that you can now quickly access channels and apps. Previously, you could find TV shows and movies from third-party apps, but this is the first time Apple has made it so much easier to discover everything users are watching on other platforms;
  • iTunes Movies and TV: iTunes Movies and shows have moved to the Apple TV app. Buy and rent from the Store, and find your purchases in the Library;
  • Dolby Atmos for SharePlay: Experience Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital surround sound when using SharePlay, when available;
  • Voice Search in Apps: Press the Siri button to dictate a search from the home screen, or anywhere in supported apps like TV and Music;
  • FaceTime Improvements: You can now answer FaceTime calls directly on your Apple TV 4K, and start or receive FaceTime audio calls;
  • Audio Focus: On an Apple Fitness+ workout, the user can decide whether the main focus will be on the trainer’s voice or on the playing song;
  • 3D movie support: Apple is testing 3D movie support for the upcoming Apple Vision Pro.

BGR will let you know if we discover anything new with tvOS 17.3 beta 1.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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