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Second tvOS 17.1 developer beta is now available

Not long after the release of the first beta, Apple is now on the second developer beta round for tvOS 17.1.

Developers taking part in the beta can pick up the latest builds through the Apple Developer Center, or by updating any Apple TV boxes that are running the beta. Public beta versions of milestone releases generally arrive soon after the developer counterparts, and the public can sign up to test them via the Apple Beta Software Program when they become available.

The second developer beta of tvOS 17.1 follows after the first, which Apple provided to testers on September 27. The new beta is build number 20K5054e, replacing the first build, number 21K5043e.

While iOS and watchOS updates tend to include more visible features, tvOS doesn't usually include major new features in each big update. They are generally background, performance improvements, and bug fixes in nature.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly advise users don't install beta operating systems, or beta software in general, on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the chance of issues that could result in the loss of data. Testers should instead use secondary or non-essential hardware and ensure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

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