tvOS 15 Overview Updated December 28, 2021

tvOS 15: New features, compatibility, release date

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June 2021 - January 2022

tvOS 15 received its first preview during the WWDC21 keynote and launched three months after this on September 20. The Apple TV software receives a small update but with great new features.

New features in tvOS 15

Different from all other upcoming operating systems from Apple, tvOS 15 doesn’t have a special page about its new features. Everything new with the system is available on the new Apple TV 4K page.

The tvOS operating system brings HomePod mini integration as the TV speaker, Spatial Audio, and more:

  • For All of You: Browse a new row in the Apple TV app to find something that everyone in the house can’t wait to watch.
  • Shared with You: Movies and shows shared through Messages appear in a new row in the Apple TV app.
  • Spatial Audio: Listen with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max for a theater-like experience with sound that surrounds you.
  • Smart AirPods routing: Get an automatic onscreen notification to magically connect your AirPods.
  • HomeKit camera enhancements: View multiple cameras around the house at the same time on your Apple TV.
  • Room-filling stereo sound: Pair two HomePod mini speakers with Apple TV 4K and enjoy rich, balanced sound for everything you watch.

tvOS 15.1 features

On October 25, Apple released tvOS 15.1 With this version, fortunately, Apple is finally bringing SharePlay support to the Apple TV.

With this function, you can watch movies or shows while on a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then add Apple TV to share the viewing experience on the big screen.

tvOS 15.2 features

A month after launching tvOS 15.1, Apple seeded tvOS 15.2. This software brings a new way to view your Memories on the big screen with a new interactive interface, new animation and transition styles, and multiple image collages. Not only that but Apple Music subscribers will hear songs that combine expert recommendations with your music tastes, and what’s in your photos and videos.

Here is what else is new:

  • Apple TV app: The Store tab is a new all-in-one destination to browse, buy, and rent the world’s best movies and TV shows.
  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri.
  • Siri now includes language support for Dutch and French in Belgium, Russian in Russia, and French, German, and Italian in Switzerland.
  • Screen savers: Enjoy stunning views of Iceland and Scotland. Location details can be found by pressing the clickpad or tapping the Touch surface on your Siri Remote.

HomePod 15 software

HomePod 15, the operating system based on tvOS 15 and made for the HomePod and HomePod mini, launched alongside the tvOS update. Here’s everything new with it:

  • Select a single or pair of HomePod mini as the default speakers for your Apple TV 4k for rich room-filling sound and clear dialogue;
  • Media playback controls automatically appear on your iPhone’s Lock Screen when a HomePod mini playing music is nearby;
  • Set a lower bass level to enjoy music without disturbing the neighbors;
  • Ask Siri to turn on your Apple TV, start playing a favorite movie, and control playback while you watch TV;
  • Siri automatically adjusts its speaking level based on the room environment and volume of the user;
  • Ask Siri to control smart home devices at a specific time like turning off the lights in 10 minutes;
  • Extend access to HomePod throughout your home by enabling Siri voice control on compatible HomeKit accessories;
  • Support for package detection with HomeKit Secure Video.

HomePod 15.1 software features

On October 25, Apple released HomePod 15.1. This version brings the long-awaited Lossless and Dolby Atmos support, which was promised in the middle of 2021. Here’s what you need to know

  • HomePod and HomePod mini support Lossless stream;
  • Only the original HomePod plays Dolby Atmos songs;
  • Although HomePod mini doesn’t support Dolby Atmos songs if you ask Siri to play them, it’s possible to listen to them witha a pair of HomePod mini connected to the Apple TV. As weird as it looks, it’s the only way available for now.

HomePod 15.2 software features

Here’s everything new with HomePod 15.2 software update:

Apple Music Voice Plan

  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri


  • Voice recognition support for up to six users in a home in French (Canada, France), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US), and German (Austria, Germany)

Home app

  • Location Services and Sound Check settings are now per-home settings that apply to all HomePod devices and Siri-enabled accessories
  • Allow Explicit Content settings is now a per-user setting for Music, Podcasts and third-party music services
  • Update Listening History settings is a now per-user, per-device setting that apply to Music and Podcasts

tvOS 15 device compatibility

All Apple TVs compatible with tvOS will be able to upgrade to the newest tvOS. Here’s the full list:

  • Apple TV HD (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2016)
  • Apple TV 4K (2021)

You can learn more about the second-generation Apple TV 4K here and the new Siri Remote here.

Also, all the HomePod available work can be updated to HomePod 15:

  • HomePod (2017)
  • HomePod mini (2020)

Release date: When will tvOS 15 come out?

tvOS 15 was introduced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

Its beta program started on the same day as the keynote, June 7. The release of the upcoming tvOS version to the general public is expected in the fall, probably around September.

Apple launched tvOS 15 and HomePod Software Version 15 on September 20.

How to install its public beta?

On June 30, Apple released the tvOS 15 public beta version. Although the final version is already available, enrolling in the Beta Software Program here lets you try upcoming software updates before anyone else.

Here’s how to install tvOS public beta:

First, go to the website and sign up with your Apple ID (preferably the one you use with your Apple TV). If you have never joined the Apple Beta Software Program before, the update might not appear on your Apple TV, so make sure you are registered in the program.

After that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV
  2. Enter the System menu
  3. Click Software Updates
  4. Turn on Get Beta Updates option

tvOS 15 Stories Yesterday

In addition to iOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple also released the first beta of tvOS 15.4 on Thursday. The update brings some tweaks to the default Apple TV video player, which now shows the user’s “Up Next” queue.

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Apple just released the first beta of tvOS 15.4 this Thursday. With that, the company is finally bringing a new feature to the Apple TV, which didn’t see anything major with the latest software update.

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A day after Apple released tvOS 15.3 and HomePod 15.3 to the public, the company is now seeding the first beta of tvOS 15.4 and HomePod 15.4 to developers.

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tvOS 15 Stories January 26

Six weeks after its major software updates, Apple is now releasing tvOS 15.3 and HomePod 15.3 to all users. With these versions, the company is enabling multi-user voice recognition in more countries to its smart speakers.

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tvOS 15 Stories December 13, 2021

Apple is releasing today iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and HomePod Software version 15.2 to all users. This update brings support to Apple Music Voice Plan and more.

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tvOS 15 Stories October 18, 2021

Apple is seeding today the RC versions of tvOS 15.1 and HomePod 15.1 to developers. Here’s everything new with it.

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tvOS 15 Stories October 6, 2021

One week after releasing tvOS 15.1 beta 2, Apple is now seeding the third beta of tvOS to developers. Here’s everything new with it.

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tvOS 15 Stories September 29, 2021

Update: Apple is now releasing tvOS 15.1 beta 2 to public beta testers. Not only that, but the company is also seeding beta 2 of HomePod 15.1 to selected developers.

One week after releasing tvOS 15.1 beta 1, Apple is now seeding the second beta of tvOS to developers. Here’s everything new with it.

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tvOS 15 Stories September 20, 2021

After three months of testing, Apple is now releasing tvOS 15 and HomePod 15 to the public. This means anyone with an Apple TV HD (or newer) and HomePod or HomePod mini can download this update.

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tvOS 15 Stories September 15, 2021

After its “California Streaming” event, Apple announced it was releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 to the public on September 20. Now, the company has confirmed that tvOS 15 and HomePod 15 will launch alongside the other operating systems on Monday…

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Apple TV and HomePod gain support for Italian Siri with tvOS 15

Apple promised that it will release the HomePod mini in Italy in 2021. While a launch date is still unknown, at least the RC version of tvOS 15 shows that both Apple TV and HomePod will now support Siri speaking Italian.

tvOS 15 Stories September 7, 2021

After Apple announced the September event for the iPhone 13 next week, the company is now seeding tvOS 15 beta 9 and HomePod 15 beta 9 to developers.

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tvOS 15 Stories August 8, 2021

Last month, Apple launched the Beta Software Program for all users who want to preview iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Now, the the company is looking to expand beta testers and is sending emails to those subscribed to the beta program to try out its latest public betas.

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tvOS 15 Stories July 2, 2021

tvOS 15 includes a new look for the built-in video player interface on Apple TV. The new design features more readable titles and discoverable controls.

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In addition to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey, Apple also released a public beta of tvOS 15 this week. And if you’re wondering how to install a tvOS release beta on your Apple TV, read on as we explain how to do just that.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 16, 2021

iOS 15 and macOS Monterey were definitely the stars of the show at WWDC 2021 last week, while tvOS 15 didn’t get much attention on stage (or even off stage). Actually, tvOS hasn’t changed much in recent years, but this year, Apple added two important new features for Apple TV users: Spatial Audio when using AirPods and full support for the HomePod mini.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 9, 2021

Although it didn’t get the same attention as iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, tvOS 15 was also announced at WWDC 2021 with some new features for Apple TV users, including support for Spatial Audio with compatible AirPods for the first time. At first, the details were unclear, but now the company has finally explained how the feature will work on tvOS 15.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 8, 2021

During the WWDC21 keynote, Apple introduced the new iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, and watchOS 8, but it actually never mentioned tvOS 15 by its name. Despite the lack of focus on tvOS 15 during the event, there are new features coming to Apple TV later this year.

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tvOS 15 didn’t get a lot of stage time during yesterday’s WWDC 2021 keynote, with Apple only highlighting new features such as better HomePod mini integration. As highlighted by a new WWDC session, a new feature coming with tvOS 15 will make it easier for users to sign in to tvOS apps using Touch ID and Face ID.

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tvOS 15 Stories June 7, 2021

Following the WWDC 2021 opening keynote earlier today, Apple has now released the first developer beta of tvOS 15. The update brings some great enhancements for Apple TV users, such as Spatial Audio for first-time AirPods users and FaceTime SharePlay.

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