Apple puts tvOS 16 beta 2 to developers, here’s what’s new

A few weeks since the first beta of tvOS 16 was released, Apple is now seeing its second version. Although the company almost forgot the Apple TV operating system during the WWDC 2022 keynote, there are some features that users should be excited about when it launches later this fall.

Today’s build is 20J5319h. Unlike the other beta versions, developers have to download the tvOS 16 trial version through Xcode. In addition, Apple has still not released the build of the HomePod Software 16, so it is not clear what the company has for its smart speaker line.

That said, here’s what’s new with tvOS 16:

  • Nintendo Switch Controller Compatibility: tvOS 16 will finally support Nintendo Switchs Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. We present this story here at 9to5Mac. Apple says “many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers are supported by Game Controller” starting with tvOS 16;
  • HDR10 + support: The latest generation of high dynamic range technology will be supported in the Apple TV app on tvOS 16;
  • Video-forward feature on the Apple TV + tab: Full video previews at the top of the Apple TV + tab help users discover their next favorite Apple Original;
  • Apple Fitness +: With tvOS 16, Intensity Metrics are called at important times in training and they will be displayed on the screen to motivate. The intensities are Light, Moderate, Hard and All Out.

Last but not least, HomePod Software 16 will be the first to add public beta testing. Right now, only a small selection of developers can try the beta version of HomePod OS, which is a variation of tvOS 16.

Next to tvOS 16 beta 2, Apple sees iOS 16 beta 2, iPadOS 16 beta 2, watchOS 9 beta 2 and macOS 13 Ventura beta 2.

If you notice changes in tvOS 16 or the other beta versions from Apple today, let us know in the comments below or at Twitter @ 9to5Mac. Stay updated for our full hands-on coverage with the releases right here at 9to5Mac if we find something new.

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