Apple Launches tvOS 16 Developer Beta 2, Here’s What’s New

A couple of weeks after the release of the first tvOS 16 beta, Apple released the second version. While the company almost forgot about the Apple TV operating system during the WWDC 2022 keynote, there are some features that should delight users when it launches this fall.

Today’s build is 20J5319h. Unlike other betas, developers need to download the tvOS 16 test build via Xcode. Also, Apple still hasn’t released a HomePod Software 16 build, so it’s unclear what the company has in store for its smart speaker line.

However, here’s what’s new in tvOS 16:

Nintendo Switch Controller Compatibility: tvOS 16 will finally support the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. We publish this story here on . Apple states that “the game controller supports many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers” starting with tvOS 16; HDR10+ support: The latest generation of high dynamic range technology will be supported in the Apple TV app on tvOS 16; Apple TV+ tab video previews: Expanded video previews at the top of the Apple TV+ tab help users find their next favorite Apple Original; Apple Fitness+: In tvOS 16, intensity metrics are called up at key points in your workout and displayed onscreen to motivate you. Intensity: light, moderate, hard and full.

Last but not least, HomePod Software 16 will be the first to add a public beta test. At the moment, only a small subset of developers can try out the beta version of HomePod OS, which is a variation of tvOS 16.

Along with tvOS 16 beta 2, Apple is releasing iOS 16 beta 2, iPadOS 16 beta 2, watchOS 9 beta 2, and macOS 13 Ventura beta 2.

If you notice any changes in tvOS 16 or other beta releases from Apple today, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @. Keep an eye out for our full hands-on release review right here on if we find anything new.