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Apple distributes sixth tvOS 17 developer beta

Apple's sixth developer beta of tvOS 17 is available to download to the Apple TV for testing.

Developers involved in the beta can grab the latest builds via the Apple Developer Center, and by updating any set-top boxes already running the beta. Public beta versions of milestone releases usually arrive shortly after the developer counterparts, and the public can try them out via the Apple Beta Software Program when they become available.

The sixth beta replaces the fifth, released on August 8. The fourth was seeded on July 25, and the third was provided on July 5.

The new build is number 21J5339b, taking over from 21J5330e.

The main new feature of tvOS 17 is FaceTime, with the use of Continuity Camera on a nearby iPhone">iPhone bringing the communications app to the Apple TV. The iPhone provides the camera and microphone, while the television offers the display and speakers.

Continuity Camera does more work in tvOS, with it powering the new karaoke experience in Apple Music by displaying a live video feed as a background for the lyrics.

Control Center occupies less space than before, and it's more information-dense as well. There's new options for game controllers, accessibility settings, and other controls within the menu system.

Two new Aerial screensavers showing the Monument Valley and California's coastal redwoods have been added.

Other changes in tvOS 17 include Fitness Plus customizable workout plans, VPN options, and the ability to locate a missing Apple TV remote using an iPhone.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly advise users don't install beta operating systems, or beta software in general, on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the chance of issues that could result in the loss of data. Testers should instead use secondary or non-essential hardware and ensure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

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