Following fifth betas of iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 that were seeded yesterday to the registered developers and public beta testers, Apple has just seeded the fourth beta of tvOS 10.0.1 to developers for testing purposes, 10 days after releasing the third tvOS 10.0.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the tvOS 10 update. tvOS 10.0.1 has been in testing since September 21.
Release notes accompanying tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 make no mention of any outward-facing feature additions. For beta 4, Apple is asking developers to focus on one last remaining issue in UIKit that causes the “Hold To Dictate” text to appear in a dark color when the search keyboard is configured to be explicitly dark.
tvOS 10.0.1 is expected to bring about mostly performance improvements and various bug fixes. “tvOS 10.0.1 includes bug fixes and improvements in the OS,” as per Apple.
To install it, Apple TV 4 owners, which are registered as a developer, will have to have the Apple TV plugged into a computer via the USB-C to USB-A cable. The software will need to be installed via iTunes, or through the Apple Configurator. Once that software is installed, subsequent beta seeds will be available as an OTA update.
We will likely see the final release of tvOS 10.0.1 drop next week at Apple’s ‘hello again’ event on October 27th.