What you need to know
- Apple's tvOS 15.4 update will make it easier for people to connect Apple TV hardware to some Wi-Fi networks.
- People with tvOS 15.4 installed will be able to connect their devices to captive Wi-Fi networks.
- Captive Wi-Fi networks are often used by hotels, offices, and other places that require more than a username and password.
Apple is making changes to tvOS 15.4 that will make it easier for people to connect to captive Wi-Fi networks in hotels and offices, among other places.
The first beta of tvOS 15.4 brings with it a change that will allow people to use their iPhone or iPad to help an Apple TV connect to a Wi-Fi network that requires additional sign-in steps, often called a captive W-Fi network.
Apple's release notes point to the new feature, suggesting that it could be useful in hotels and dorms. Offices are another prime example of locations that require additional sign-in steps.
The current tvOS 15.4 beta is still the very first and we can expect changes to be made before it is released to the world. The new update will certainly make for the best Apple TV experience for those who like to take their devices to hotels for media consumption while on vacation, however. Here's hoping that the feature makes its way to the public release and isn't removed before then.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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