tvOS 11 Review
Let's be honest, tvOS 11 was really underwhelming. Features like PiP were rumored and so was multitasking. tvOS 11 really just brings four new features. That being said It does fix a few issues I had with Apple TV.

New Features

If you have multiple Apple TVs in your home you can now sync your home screens. This is also handy if you setup a new Apple TV, all of your apps will just download and organize them the way you want to. Apple calls this "One Home Screen" and can be enabled in iCloud settings. Apple TV also can enable light/dark mode based on your time. So if it's dark outside your Apple TV will turn on dark mode and vice versa. Finally in tvOS 11 if you have AirPods connected to any of your other Apple devices, they will now instantly sync to your Apple TV. I cannot stress this enough on how great this is. Lastly speakers connected to your Apple TV will be compatible with AirPlay 2 and will appear on your other iOS 11/macOS 10.13 devices. Your speakers will even appear in the iOS Home app. This'll be great so you can say "Hey Siri play Apple II Forever on the living room speakers" from any of your Apple devices (except Macintosh because Apple still has not added HomeKit support to Siri..). For more information about AirPlay 2, check out our 'iOS 11 Top Features' article.


For Developers

Now this section is for the software developers in the audience. There was a lot controversy about the new Apple TV 4K when it comes to it's USB port. It doesn't have one. I myself am a developer and I rely on that USB port for software debugging, screen recording, profile distribution, configuration, and of course restoring the Apple TV in the event something goes astray. I reached out to Phil Schiller via email and I received a reply late last week. With Xcode 9 for macOS, you can now pair an Apple TV wirelessly so you no longer have to physically plug in your Apple TV into your Macintosh. This isn't really well documented but you just head into the "Remotes and Apps" section in Settings on Apple TV and the Apple TV will show up in the "Devices" window in Xcode. Apple Configurator for Macintosh has also been updated for wireless pairing to Apple TV so you can push out profiles, beta software, or even restore your Apple TV. Now it is true that this will not work on non linear networks meaning that if your enterprise network has multiple subnets than you're pretty much SOL. That being said, Phil informed me that the Apple TV can be plugged in via ethernet so either your Mac and Apple TV can be on the same ethernet subnet or you can even use an ethernet network bridge from your Mac to Apple TV. My other big concern is that USB-C on the Apple TV 4th Generation ran over the USB 3.0 bus meaning you were able to achieve speeds of 3gb/s and 802.11ac can achieve speeds of up to 1gb/s. While I don't really see this being an issue for most developers, it may impact performance. Lastly, for those who liked to record their Apple TV screen for game play videos, app previews for the App Store, or tutorial videos you can now select your Apple TV as a QuickTime camera source in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. It seems that Apple ironed out all the details with the new Apple TV and its lack of USB port (and this works on the 4th Generation model too) but it could be better documented as I could not find any of this information on Apple's website or on Apple's developer website.


tvOS 11 will be compatible on the following devices:

•Apple TV 4th Generation
•Apple TV 4K
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