Although the software is light on new outward-facing user features, it still contains some noteworthy fixes along with improvements for Siri, ‘Made for iOS’ game controllers, the Music app and other aspects of the operating system.
We went ahead and asked our video editor Andrew O’Hara to spend some hands-on time with tvOS 10 beta 3 and capture his impressions on video.
Here’s what Andrew had to say about beta 3.
Video hands-on: tvOS 10 beta 3
Our own Andrew O’Hara has created this short and sweet video to show you guys all of the fixes, changes and tweaks found in the third beta of tvOS 10. The clip runs two minutes and 13 seconds long, give it a quick watch right below.
What’s new in tvOS 10 beta 3?
Aside from bug fixes and general developer-focused updates, the third beta of tvOS 10 contains a few smaller outward-facing changes, including expanded Siri capabilities when it comes to liking songs and enabling Dark/Light mode, some new abilities for the Music app and more.
“Siri, enable Dark Mode”
tvOS 10 brings a dark background mode which makes watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies. In beta 3, Siri can now enable or disable Dark Mode on your behalf.
Simply say something along the lines of ”Enable Dark Mode” and just like that—the look and feel of your Home screen changes in an instant.
If Dark Mode is already enabled and you’d like to revert to the light Home screen background to make posters and icons pop, no problem—just ask Siri to please ”enable Light Mode”.
Other Siri enhancements in beta 3 include liking or disliking a song, as detailed below.
”Siri, I like this song”
The third beta enables the ability for Siri to save your ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ for the currently playing song. After playing a song or Apple Music track in the Music app, you can like it by pressing the Siri button on the Siri Remote and tell something like, “I like this song”.
Siri’s response acknowledges that your ‘like’ has been memorized for the future.
Conversely, disliking a song is as easy as invoking Siri through the Siri Remote or the new Remote app and saying, “I don’t like this song” or something along those lines.
I went ahead and did just did, receiving one of Siri’s witty responses—she said, “I was starting to think I was the only one.”
”Siri, show Now Playing”
Siri can also pull up the Now Playing screen at your command. This feature was part of beta 2 and was inexplicably removed from beta 2 before making a comeback in beta 3.
While a song is playing in the background on your Apple TV, simply tell Siri to ”Show Now Playing” and she’ll take you there right away.
Now, let’s take a look at what’s new for the Music app in beta 3.
Music app fixes
In addition to getting to the Now Playing screen and liking/disliking a song through Siri, the Music app on beta 3 contains some much-needed fixes: artist pages on Apple Music now load properly (select Go to Artist in the menu) and song playback now functions when accessing songs from the Go to Album feature.
And last but not least, songs played on Beats 1 can now be added to your existing playlists. While listening to Beats 1 in the Music app, swipe up on the Touch surface to highlight an icon at the top of the Now Playing screen resembling three dots inside a circle.
Now click the Touch surface and choose Add To Playlist on the popup menu.
Another menu pops up, listing all your custom-created playlists. Simply select one you’d like the Beats 1 song to add to, then click the Touch surface. By the way, to prevent Apple Music songs added to one of your existing playlists from also being added to My Music, set Add Playlist Songs to My Music to “Off” in Settings → Apps → Music.
Sadly, Siri currently cannot add a song to a playlist on your behalf, not on the Apple TV nor any other Apple device. I tried asking Siri to ”Add this song to my playlist [PLAYLIST NAME],” to no effect.
And that, ladies and gents, completes our roundup of changes in tvOS 10 beta 3. For the complete overview of fixes in this release, check out the Apple-provided changelog in the following section.
tvOS 10 beta 3 changelog
The following has been changed or fixed in tvOS 10 beta 3:
- For games that use the GCEventViewController, the game controller’s controllerPausedHandler will no longer be called when the Menu button is pressed, if controllerUserInteractionEnabled is true. This restores behavior established in tvOS 9.2.
- Songs played on Beats 1 can now be added to existing playlists.
- Song playback now functions when accessing songs from Go to Album.
- Go to Artist pages now load.
- Using Siri can now be used to “Like this song” or “Dislike this song”.
- ReplayKit’s RPPreviewViewController in sharing mode now properly dismisses the view controller when selecting the “Done” button.
- Siri Sports queries in the Norwegian, Dutch, and Swedish languages are now supported.
- SKEmitterNode focus issues have been resolved.
For other notes and known issues in the third beta, see Apple’s release notes.
tvOS 10: coolest new features
When the first developer-only beta of tvOS 10 dropped following the WWDC 2016 keynote, we installed it on our fourth-generation Apple TVs to discover new features. As it turns out, tvOS 10 does bring some newsworthy enhancements to the living room experience, including the following items:
- Dark Mode
- Single Sign-On for pay-TV apps and Live Tune-In
- Expanded Siri features with native YouTube voice search
- Redesigned Remote app with Siri and tilt gaming support
- Automatic Downloads for Apple TV apps
- Prompts to download companion apps for Bluetooth accessories
tvOS 10 will also support a number of developer-focused features that will permit programmers to enhance their Apple TV apps with an expanded arsenal of APIs to make their apps better and more useful than before. For instance, tvOS 10 games can now finally support four ‘Made for iOS’ game controllers simultaneously and are no longer required to support the Siri Remote.
iDB previews Apple’s OS updates
We’ve previewed many aspects of Apple’s upcoming software updates to give you a better feel for any major new features and little things that should delight you.
Check out our iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 previews:
- 15+ changes in beta 3
- 30+ changes in beta 2
- 12 new features in iOS 10 Music app
- First-look video walkthrough of iOS 10
- Messages with animated effects, stickers, apps & more
- All-new Lock screen with Raise to Wake, widgets, interactive alerts & more
- Siri meets apps & powers smarter QuickType keyboard suggestions
- Bedtime and Wake alarm help keeping you well rested
- 12+changes in beta 2
- Auto Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch
- Siri comes to the Mac
- Universal Clipboard + Desktop & Documents sync
- 12 fixes & changes in beta 3
- Emergency SOS, Activity Sharing & other changes in watchOS 3 beta 2
- Instant app launching & simplified navigation
- New faces on your wrist & Face Gallery on iPhone
- Overhauled Remote app with Siri, tilt gaming & more
- YouTube search, Live Tune-In & other new Siri features on Apple TV
Additional previews will be added to these lists as they’re published. Submit your suggestions for future coverage at [email protected]. We’ll take any reasonable suggestions into consideration.
tvOS 10 availability
The tvOS developer preview is available immediately for Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. Apple currently does not provide public betas of tvOS. tvOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV.
Siri will be available for Apple TV users in twelve countries. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. For more information about the new Apple TV features provided by tvOS 10, visit Apple’s tvOS 10 Preview webpage and read the official press release.
The new Apple TV Remote app is currently available to Apple’s registered developers and requires iOS 9.3.2 and tvOS 9.2.1.
Discovered other tweaks in beta 3?
If you’ve happened to discover fixes, tweaks and improvements in tvOS 10 beta 3 not mentioned in Andrew’s video or this article, post them in comments or email us at [email protected] and we’ll update the article with any new information.