Developers get fourth beta of tvOS 10.2


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New beta software is out for Apple TV.
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Apple seeded a new beta build of tvOS 10.2 to developers today, bringing a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the Apple TV.

The new tvOS beta update comes just over a week after Apple released the last beta for tvOS 10.2. Because of the tricky installations requirements the beta is not available to public testers.

tvOS 10.2 beta 4 comes just one day after Apple released new betas for macOS 10.12.4, iOS 10.3 and watchOS 3.2, all of which contain a number of major new features and under-the-hood fixes.

Developers can download the tvOS 10.2 directly from Apple dev portal and then install it by plugging in your Apple TV to your Mac or PC via USB. You can also install it wirelessly to your Apple TV by using our installation guide.

The release notes for tvOS 10.2 beta 4 don’t mention any major additions. Previous builds of the beta introduced an improved scrolling behavior that lets you swipe through large sections of content quicker. Apple TV owners can now use several large swipes on the remote to activate the new scrolling mode. Swiping on the far right side of the remote now brings up specific indexes to navigate.

Apple engineers likely focused mostly on squashing bugs in this build of tvOS 10.2, but if there’s anything remarkably new inside we’ll let you know.