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tvOS is an operating system developed by Apple Inc. for the fourth-generation Apple TV digital media player. tvOS was announced on September 9, 2015 at the Apple September 2015 event, alongside the 4th generation Apple TV. On October 26, 2015, 4th generation Apple TV pre-orders began, and shipments began the following week. At the Apple September 2015 Event, Hipster Whale's Andy Sum demoed Crossy Road for the Apple TV, available via the tvOS App Store. Apple also announced that other apps would be coming to the Apple TV running tvOS.

tvOS
The tvOS logo (2015)
Apple tvOS screenshot.png
Top: The logo of tvOS. Bottom: The interface with apps.
Developer Apple Inc.
Written in C, C++, Swift, and Objective-C
OS family
Working state Current
Source model Closed source
Released to
manufacturing
October 30, 2015; 13 months ago (2015-10-30)
Latest release tvOS 10.1 (14U593)
Marketing target Television, casual gaming
Available in Multilingual
Update method Firmware-over-the-air
Platforms Apple TV
Kernel type Hybrid (XNU)
License Commercial proprietary software
Preceded by Apple TV Software 7 (based on iOS 8) – 3rd generation Apple TV only
Official website apple.com/tv/experience/
Support status
Supported

tvOS is an operating system developed by Apple Inc. for the fourth-generation Apple TV digital media player. tvOS was announced on September 9, 2015 at the Apple September 2015 event, alongside the 4th generation Apple TV. On October 26, 2015, 4th generation Apple TV pre-orders began, and shipments began the following week. At the Apple September 2015 Event, Hipster Whale's Andy Sum demoed Crossy Road for the Apple TV, available via the tvOS App Store. Apple also announced that other apps (such as Netflix and HBO Now) would be coming to the Apple TV running tvOS.

tvOS is based on iOS heavily rather than just the stripped-down versions of iOS that the operating systems for the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV are. The 4th generation Apple TV, with support for third-party software via an App Store, was rumored prior to the Apple September 2015 Event held on September 9, 2015.