Download tvOS 12 GM for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K [How to]
Developers and public beta testers can download tvOS 12 GM for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K right away.
tvOS 12 GM Arrives for Apple TV with Improvements and Dolby Atmos Support
Probably the biggest highlighting feature of tvOS 12 is the added support for Dolby Atmos. Of course, that is only possible if you have an Apple TV 4K along with supported audio equipment and source of content.
If you’re a registered developer with Apple or a public beta tester through the Beta Software Program then you will be delighted to learn that tvOS 12 GM is now available for download. In order to grab the latest update, provided you have the previous beta of tvOS 12 installed, simply turn on your Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K, head over to Settings > System > Software Update. From here you can download the tvOS 12 GM build. The entire process barely will take a few minutes, but it’s best you do not fiddle around with your Apple TV or WiFi while the wheels are in motion.
Since the Apple TV 4K does not have a USB-C port at the back to interface with a PC or Mac, therefore you have to install the update over the air, and you can’t downgrade the set-top box either. However, Apple TV 4 users have the luxury of performing a clean install of the software if they like. You can follow the guides posted here for more details, except that you’ll be downloading the tvOS 12 GM firmware file for restore using iTunes:
- Download tvOS 12 GM for Apple TV 4 & Apple TV 4K – How to
- Tutorial: Downgrade tvOS 12 GM to tvOS 11 [Apple TV 4 Only]
Given you see yourself as a movie or content buff, then it’s highly recommended that you keep your Apple TV up to date with the latest firmware release. tvOS 12 GM is essentially the final release that will be seeded to everyone else later this month therefore it should be as stable as possible. Of course, Apple will refine its software with subsequent over the air releases, refining everything even further, and even toss in new features to enhance the overall TV-viewing experience.
If you’ve installed tvOS 12 GM on your Apple TV, then be sure to share your thoughts with us on it in the comments section below.