WWDC 2021 week has arrived, and with it, plenty of operating system updates for Apple’s entire line of devices, including Apple TV. Coming this fall in tvOS 15, Apple is bringing Spatial Audio, SharePlay, additional HomeKit controls, new screen savers and more to the big screen.
As with most updates, however, some devices can be left behind, and if you haven’t upgraded to the best Apple TV, you might be missing out on some key features. Here’s everything you need to know about tvOS 15 and Apple TV compatibility.
Compatibility with tvOS 15
While there’s a new update every fall, the Apple TV isn’t a device you replace that often. Fortunately, tvOS 15 works on all Apple TV models released in the past six years. According to Apple, the following models support tvOS 15:
- Apple TV HD (4th generation)
- Apple TV 4K (2017)
- Apple TV 4K (2021)
Essentially, if your Apple TV can run tvOS 14, you can use tvOS 15. Support for tvOS 15 includes all models that support the tvOS App Store, which debuted in 2015. However, if your Apple TV is running on the old channel type apps system, maybe it’s time to upgrade.
Features may vary
Although your Apple TV may support tvOS 15, it may not have access to all of its latest features depending on the model. Specifically, Apple TV HD (4th generation) does not support the ability to set HomePod mini as the default speaker output.
That’s not all bad news, however, as the Apple TV HD (4th generation) still supports HomePod mini playback, but not as a default option. So if you’re still using older hardware, you can rely on AirPlay 2 to stream your movies, music, and shows to your HomePod mini and your Apple TV can even use stereo pairing for more immersive sound.