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tvOS (formerly Apple TV Software) is the operating system software derived from iOS and developed by Apple Inc. for its Apple TV and HomePod lines of home media devices.

Product history

Apple TV Software, the predecessor to tvOS, was originally based on a custom build of Mac OS X 10.4.7 for the 1st-generation Apple TV console that was released on March 21, 2007.[1] With the release of the 2nd-generation Apple TV on September 1, 2010, new versions of the software were derived from iOS, starting with Apple TV Software 4.0, which was based on iOS 4.1. The 3rd-generation Apple TV shipped on March 7, 2012 with Apple TV Software 5.0, which was based on iOS 5.1.[2]

With the announcement of the 4th-generation Apple TV HD console on September 9, 2015, the software was renamed tvOS, starting with tvOS 9, which was based on iOS 9. Version 11 added support for the the 5th-generation Apple TV 4K, which was released on September 22, 2017. Version 13.4 merged in support for Apple's HomePod smart speaker in April 2020.[3] It was updated to 13.4.5 the following month.[4] It was updated to 13.4.8 on July 15, 2020.[5] The current version of tvOS as of April 26, 2021 is 14.5.[6] tvOS 15 is expected to be announced on June 7, 2021 at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference.[7]

Release history

Version Based on Build Released Notes
tvOS 9 iOS 9 13T396 2015-10-29 Initial release for 4th-generation Apple TV HD.
tvOS 10 iOS 10 14T330 2016-09-13 Added support for Dark Mode and control of HomeKit accessories.
tvOS 11 iOS 11 15J381 2017-09-19 Initial release for 5th-generation Apple TV 4K.
tvOS 12 iOS 12 16J364 2018-09-17 Support for Dolby Atmos E-AC3 on Apple TV 4K for up to 7.1.4 channels.
tvOS 13 iOS 13 17J586 2019-09-24 New home screen with Control Center and support for multiple Apple IDs.
tvOS 14 iOS 14 18J386 2020-09-16 Support for 4K YouTube videos, and picture-in-picture in 3rd-party apps.
tvOS 15 iOS 15 TBA Fall 2021

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