tvOS 15.4 beta 2 for Apple TV Brings Captive Wi-Fi Support, Video Player Tweaks, and More

Apple is releasing tvOS 15.4 beta 2 to Apple TV developers today. Not only that, but the company is also releasing the second beta of HomePod 15.4.

Today’s version is 19L5419e. As of now, only developers can download the second tvOS 15.4 beta, while public beta testers will have to wait a bit longer. The HomePod 15.4 software version, on the other hand, is only available to certain developers.

After a small update from tvOS 15.3, Apple has added several new features to tvOS 15.4. For example, it now has a clever way to connect to pesky tethered Wi-Fi networks on Apple TV.

According to Apple, tvOS 15.4 will add support for tethered Wi-Fi, which means you can use your iPhone or iPad to connect Apple TV to networks that require additional connection steps. The company explains in the release notes:

Captive Wi-Fi network support on tvOS lets you use your iPhone or iPad to connect your Apple TV to networks that require additional connection steps, such as in hotels or dorm rooms. (8351052)

Not only that, but the Apple TV video player on tvOS 15.4 now has an “Up Next” queue that can be viewed from the “Now Playing” screen. From here, users can choose what content they’ve added to their Up Next queue. With a simple touch, the application starts playing the movie or series you have chosen. This way, you don’t have to go back to the main Apple TV app screen to find the Up Next section and then select other content.

Apple is also bringing back the “Tap to Navigate” feature to Physical and Motor Options, after removing it in mid-August 2021.

Finally, the company also revamped the Spatial Audio controls with tvOS 15.4, as you can see in the video below. Along with tvOS 15.4, Apple is also releasing the second beta of iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, macOS Monterey 12.3 and watchOS 8.5 today.

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