Nine-year-old Apple TV is compatible with tvOS 18!

In addition to several other operating systems for its various products, Apple announced on Monday tvOS 18 introducedThis will install improvements for the use of subtitles on the Apple TV, support for 21:9 projectors, the "InSight" function for Apple Originals on tv+ with information about actors and music, new home options, new screen savers and so on. This raises the question: Is my Apple TV compatible with tvOS 18? Chances are the answer is yes.

Not only current 4K models, but also the Apple TV HD from 2015 is compatible with tvOS 18!
Not only current 4K models, but also the Apple TV HD from 2015 is compatible with tvOS 18!

These Apple TV models are compatible with tvOS 18

If you want to upgrade the small "Apple TV" box with an operating system and thus with the innovations mentioned above in autumn 2024, then that is hardly a problem. Because all models that have been offered since 2015 are compatible with tvOS 18. This is the complete list:

  • Apple TV HD (2015 – 2022)
  • Apple TV 4K, 1st generation (2017 – 2021)
  • Apple TV 4K, 2st generation (2021 – 2022)
  • Apple TV 4K, 3rd Gen (since 2022)

"We develop our Home products to make users' everyday lives better. Our latest updates achieve this with features for even more convenience and connectivity“, said Stan Ng, Apple’s vice president of Apple Watch, Audio, Health, and Home Product Marketing. "This fall, tvOS 18 and our services will take home entertainment to a new level by showing fans information about their favorite characters and scenes."- Which

The innovations are limited

While searching for information on tvOS 18 compatibility, I found a few posts on other websites that mock the compatibility of the new Apple operating systems. While a nine-year-old model of the Apple TV gets the latest upgrade, the iPhone and Mac require comparatively new devices, they say.

But if you look not just at the years, but at the content of the new systems and their hardware requirements, then it makes sense. tvOS 18 does not offer any major leaps, while locally running AI is being implemented on a large scale on Mac, iPad and iPhone. It is clear that nine-year-old Macs, iPads or iPhones have long since been out of support:

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