Apple releases third beta version of tvOS 15.4 and HomePod 15.4 [U]

By | February 16, 2022

Update: Public beta testers can now download the third test version of tvOS 15.4. HomePod 15.4 is still limited to selected developers to try.

A week after releasing beta 2 of tvOS 15.4 and HomePod 15.4, Apple is now seeding the third beta of these operating systems to developers.

Today’s build is 19L5425e. It’s important to note that while all developers can already download beta 3 of tvOS 15.4, only selected users can try the beta version of HomePod, which means so many developers can only use the new operating system when it launches.

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

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

Captive Wi-Fi network support on tvOS allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to connect your Apple TV to networks that need additional sign-in steps, like at hotels or dorms. (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 there, users can choose the content they have added to their Up Next queue. With just a tap, the app starts playing the movie or series you have chosen. That way, you don’t need to go back to the Apple TV app’s main screen to find the Up Next section and then select another content.

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

Last but not least, the company has also revamped the Spatial Audio controls with tvOS 15.4, as you can watch in the video below. Alongside tvOS 15.4, Apple is also releasing the third beta version of iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, macOS Monterey 12.3, and watchOS 8.5.

If you spot any changes, let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac.

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