Apple releases tvOS 11

“There’s a new software update out for the fourth-gen Apple TV that brings a few useful new features to the set-top box. tvOS 11 brings automatic dark mode switching, Home Screen Sync, proper AirPods support, and more to the Apple TV,” Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac.

“When you set up or update an Apple TV with tvOS 11, Home Screen Sync is a new option that can be enabled after connecting your iCloud account,” Hall reports. “With Home Screen Sync enabled, you can rearrange your apps from any Apple TV running tvOS 11 and see the changes reflected on all other Apple TVs with the same iCloud account. Home Screen Sync also automatically installs apps across Apple TVs with the feature enabled.”

“AirPods now appear as a new speaker option automatically on Apple TVs with iCloud accounts connected to iPhones with AirPods paired. This means you can play music or easily listen to video from Apple TV through AirPods without using the TV speakers,” Hall reports. “The tvOS 11 software update adds new features to the fourth-generation Apple TV for free, but the big story this year is the new Apple TV 4K. tvOS 11 for Apple TV 4K has been enhanced for 4K TVs with support for high dynamic range color.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We love Home Screen Sync. All of our Apple TV 4 units now look and operate exactly the same, but we can’t wait for our Apple TV 4K units to arrive!


  1. Gah!!! The horizontal keyboard…. in particular in Messages… it’s soooo horrifically, inexcusably bad! How did that ever make it out of Beta? How did it not get caught in GM???

    Grayspace on the sides for days…. in Mail at least it’s tappable gray space. In Messages the keyboard appears off center from the rest of the window.

    AND APPLE CARE SAYS ITS WORKING AS DESIGNED!!’ From a company that prides itself on design… we get this😱😱😱😱

    It’s bad. So terribly, inexcusably bad!!

    1. Messages is now on AppleTV? And Mail? Am I missing something or are you posting on the wrong article?

      By the way, Messages keyboard looks and acts fine on both my iPhone and iPad, so I’m still not really sure what you’re going on about?

    2. Brian, listen to my voice. Step away from the computer, Brian, and put down your keyboard. Nice and easy. There you go. Thaaaat’s right. Deep breaths, Brian. It’s going to be okay. Say it with me, “It’s going to be okaaaay.”

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