Apple Releases tvOS 14

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Apple has today released tvOS 14, bringing what at best can be described as small, incremental changes for the Apple TV.

For gamers, tvOS 14 brings quick game resume with multi-user support, similar to features on the PS4 and Xbox One, that let you jump right back into a game where you left off, and new support for the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.

Picture-in-picture support has been expanded as well. Now users can use fitness apps while watching live TV or use picture-in-picture videos shared across AirPlay.

The only other notable changes in tvOS 14 are support for 4K YouTube videos, a new Home app for HomeKit, and AirPods audio sharing.

We have not been able to test tvOS 14 ahead of its public release, so have not yet been able to explore its new features or check for any changes which will affect blind or low vision users.

We'll update this post if anything of note is discovered or shared. To this end, please add a comment below to let us know of any additional changes, improvements or regressions that you find during your own use of tvOS 14.

To install tvOS 14 on Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, go to the Settings channel, then look for the System section near the bottom. From here, look for Software Updates under Maintenance, then select Update Software and Download and Install.

More information on how to update the software on your Apple TV is available on this Apple Support page.

As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this update. What do you like? What do you not like? Or are you simply disappointed that tvOS 14 brings nothing to like or dislike? Let us know by adding a comment below.

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Submitted by Jim D on Thursday, September 17, 2020

I installed tv OS 14 on my Apple TV Fourth Gen last evening. It appears there are now two modes to navigate with Voiceover. These can be switched with a two finger triple tap. These two modes are navigation and explore. I haven't played with this extensively, but I did note that the rotor options changed based on the selected mode.
I'll post more info once I use this a bit.

Submitted by Brennen on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Is anyone going to post or has there been some thing already posted about what’s new with tvOS 14 for Accessibility i’m noticing a quirk here in there with voiceover specifically with the rotor and the actions when closing apps and the app switcher and it sounds like there’s different exploration modes and stuff that I would like to get some more explanation on what they do and what therefore

Submitted by LaBoheme on Friday, October 2, 2020

first off, the direct touch mode is simply the same as what you would get when you switch to it using the roter in previous versions, nothing fancy, it simply make the switch more complicated. and i have no idea what the esploring mode is supposed to do. why would one make something more difficult while gaining no additional value or function? but that's not all.

if you operate it with a keyboard for example, and why not? it makes search easier, and you don't look through the whole menu with one finger, it hurts. in older versions, you lock the modifier key, set roter to follow focus, and you could navigate the whole thing with arrow keys intuitively, that's no longer the case. the closest thing is now called "landmark", landmark? what the hell? well, it's ok if it works, but no, it doesn't work consistantly, and in many apps, it just locks up. simply trying to navigate the settings manu is a fucking nightmare.

i have the 4 gen tv, and with this kind of "progress", i am very certain my replacement will not be an apple tv.