macOS 10.13.4 Beta 1, tvOS 11.3 Beta 1 Released For Developer [Download Now]

Alongside iOS 11.3 developer beta 1, Apple’s software team has made available for download of new beta releases to developers. The platforms that grab all the attention, also received beta releases today are macOS High Sierra and tvOS.

The tvOS 11.3 beta 1 should not be ignored, partly because it adds one important feature for non-Apple TV 4K users. This feature is frame rate matching, that was previously only available to owners of Apple’s latest and greatest set-top box. Today, it has been confirmed to be getting it on with the new tvOS 11.3 update. Another change includes the fact that Apple TVs will now show up in the iOS Home app, and Match Content has also been overhauled according to the release notes. Speaking of which:

NOTES AND KNOWN ISSUES

General

New Issues

-The TV Provider sign-in prompt may not appear during initial tvOS setup (36559610)
Workaround: Authenticate with the TV provider using the Settings app.

Foundation

Known Issues

-Clients of NSURLSessionStreamTask that use a non-secure connection fail to connect when an error occurs during PAC file evaluation and the system is configured for either Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD) or Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC). A PAC evaluation failure can occur when the PAC file contains invalid JavaScript or the HTTP host serving the PAC file is unreachable. (33609198)
Workaround: Use startSecureConnection to establish a secure connection.

Mobile Device Management

New Features

-Added the following settings to device management. For more information, see the Configuration Profile Reference and MDM Protocol Reference.
-Restrict explicit music and book store erotica by rating.
-Restrictapps,moviesandTVshowsbyrating.
-Skip the Privacy screen during setup.
-Skip the “Where is this Apple TV” screen during setup.
-Restrict Remote app connections to specified iOS devices.
-Update an app while in Single App Mode.

Known Issues

-It is not possible to skip all initial setup screens when using an MDM server configuration with Device Enrollment Program supervised devices. (35919886)
-Upgrade installs will trigger additional setup prompts for supervised devices. A remote is needed to complete the upgrade. (36674710)

Mode Switching

-New Features Added support for automatic frame rate to AVKit for the 4th generation Apple TV. Apps that don’t use AVKit for video playback can add support using APIs previously introduced in the tvOS 11.2 SDK. For more information, see: https://developer.apple.com/fall17/503.

Moving on to another, we have here macOS 11.13.4 beta 1. This version also comes just a day after macOS 10.13.3 final release was made available to the public, which includes important security fixes. This new developer beta brings to sight is its own new features though, including a new Privacy explainer specific to macOS and a warning that pops up when a 32-bit app is launched, similar to iOS. There is an opt-in tick box for Messages in the iCloud, something that is worth remembering for users of the popular iOS and macOS instant messaging service.

Both tvOS and macOS updates are available to grab now for those registered as developers from developer.apple.com.

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