Apple today released the third beta version of the upcoming developer tvOS 14.5 for testing purposes, with the new beta software two weeks after Apple released the second tvOS 14.5 beta.
Designed for the fourth and fifth generation Apple TV, tvOS 14.5 beta developer can be downloaded to “Apple TV” through a profile installed using Xcode.
tvOS 14.5 provides support for the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers, which can be used to play games in the AppOS and Apple Arcade tvOS games.
Support for the new controllers has also been included in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, so the latest game controller options from Sony and Microsoft are now compatible with Apple’s product line.
We don’t know yet if there’s anything left in tvOS 14.5 in terms of features, as tvOS updates are often minor, but the release of tvOS will see Apple start enforcing its new application tracking transparency rules, with developers now forced to request to and to allow a user to access the random ad identifier (known as IDFA) to track user activity in applications and websites in order to personalize ads.
In the future, when an application wants to access a person’s ad ID on tvOS, users will receive a request with options to “Allow tracking” or “Ask the app not to follow.” Selecting “Require application not to track” will prevent the application developer from accessing the user IDFA, and developers will also need to respect the user’s tracking preferences and refrain from using other invasive cross-application tracking methods.
The main tvOS 14 update released in September brought extensive Picture in Picture support, a new HomeKit integration with HomeKit Secure camcorders, support for multiple ArcApple Arcade profiles, and more, with details available in our tvOS 14 summary.