Apple has released tvOS 14.4 release candidate to developers. The update is available for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models. The company has not shared any details on what’s new in the release candidate yet.
December 16: Apple releases the first beta of tvOS 14.4
January 13: tvOS 14.4 beta 2 is now available for developers
January 21: tvOS 14.4 RC is released to developers
tvOS 14.4 release candidate features
It is unclear as to what are you the new features in this release candidate. Looking at the previous releases, it is possible that the updates will be very minor and simply bring Apple TV’s features on par with Apple’s other operating systems. We will update this post if we find anything new during testing.
Apple had released tvOS 14 a few months ago with new features which include HomeKit camera support, multiuser support for gaming, AirPlay 2, Audio Sharing, picture-in-picture video playback, 4K YouTube, and more. New screen savers were also part of the update, along with support for Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers. With tvOS 14.2, Apple added support for stereo output, Dolby Atmos audio, and surround sound with HomePod and Apple TV through a new feature called Home Theater.
Download tvOS 14.4 release candidate
To download and install tvOS 14.4 RC on your Apple TV, you will need to use Xcode, Apple Configurator, and will need an Apple Developer Account which costs $99/month.
If you like living on the bleeding edge, we suggest waiting for the public beta. It can easily be installed by signing up to Apple’s Beta Software Program with the same Apple ID that you use on your Apple TV. Then go to Settings > System > Software Updates on your TV and enable ‘Get Beta Updates’. You will be able to download and install the latest beta without any hassle.