Approximately one week after releasing the beta 4 seed, Apple has today released tvOS 10.1 beta 5 for Apple TV fourth-generation users.
This release comes only one day after Apple released beta 5 of macOS 10.12.2 and watchOS 3.1.1, and beta 6 of iOS 10.2. The official release notes for the latest tvOS 10.1 beta don’t mention any significant changes in the build, which suggests this particular seed might not feature anything more than a few bug fixes and a little polish.
When tvOS 10.1 reaches the end of its beta cycle and is released to the general public, it will bring to Apple’s latest set-top box an all-new TV app, which aims to consolidate content from all your favorite video apps in one place. The update also includes the Single Sign-on feature, although that, as of today, is also available in tvOS 10.x.
For those of you who don’t already know, Single Sign-on allows users to unlock compatible video apps through a single authentication via their cable provider’s login information so that they don’t have to enter and authenticate each and every app on their cable plan individually.
As mentioned earlier, the absence of significant additions in the latest beta’s release notes suggests the cycle is nearing its end and that a final build might be just around the corner. In fact, if we are to guess it, next week release for tvOS 10.1, along with iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1 and macOS 10.12.2 looks very likely.
As for today’s beta 5 seed, if you’re registered with Apple’s Developer Program, you can download the latest release from developer.apple.com and then install it on your Apple TV using iTunes. Or, if you already have the beta configuration profile installed on Apple TV, you need only initiate an OTA update, which can be done using the built-in update mechanism in tvOS found under Settings.
Earlier today, Apple also expanded universal search to two new apps, adding AMC and The Hallmark Channel to the mix of apps supporting Siri universal search. You can learn more about it right here.