On the latest Apple TV 4K, Apple ditched the USB-C service port, which led many to speculate how one could install apps, connect to Xcode, take screenshots, and perform screen recordings. It seems Apple has forgone the wire, and instead adopted a wireless solution instead.

Apple has clearly been on track to remove the need for almost any cables. They’ve adopted new technology for wireless charging, wireless headphones, etc. Xcode 9 now lets you wirelessly connect your Apple TV to perform many of those common developer functions.

In fact, you can take screenshots, install apps, run diagnostics through Instruments, utilize Console, and use the Accessibility Inspector. My favorite feature is the ability to grab screen recordings through Quicktime. This is helpful for devs and their demo videos, as well as those trying to demo tips on the Apple TV.

The USB-C port was short lived, only arriving on the Apple TV with the 4th generation.

  • Iskren Donev

    I’m curious what do you do if you want to restore your Apple TV? Can you handle such a task wirelessly (and I’m not talking about a factory reset)?

    • Nawnp MCPE

      I’ve had my Apple Tv need restoring twice, the first the remote wouldn’t work(this is when I bought it) and later it wouldn’t output through the HDMI(so don’t know more). I wonder if either of these would have worked with wireless restore. I doubt they both would, in scenario 1 it obviously wasn’t connected to wifi.

  • Rowan09

    What about installing items with Cydia Impactor? I like Xcode but sometimes it gives you some issues when installing on the ATV 4.

  • nova12

    wow the 64gb units went fast. just logged on (7am eastern) and it’s 2-3 weeks shipping already. which is fine bc I’m good with 32gb for what I do.