Originally Posted by jsmiddleton4
You don’t know the risk until you try it. No way to make an informed decision as a result.
Apple makes the risk clear. "Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software."
Originally Posted by rlb
Hard to buy that argument. If any manufacturer provides you with an optional way to use their product, you make that choice and then it no longer works; they don't come back and say it was your choice and the consequences are your responsibility.
In fact that's exactly what they say.
Originally Posted by m_snow
Until the ATV4K came out Apple allowed me for a user to restore back to a production image via the USB-C port via iTunes. All other Apple devices allow for a restore the same way. I have read various reasons as to why they removed it (mostly related to protecting their IP) but wouldn’t it have made sense if they would have set aside a partition that contained the original FW so people wouldn’t be stuck?
They could have preserved the ability for the ATV4K to roll-back. They didn't. That's that. The excerpts from Apple below make it pretty clear.
What is the Apple Beta Software Program?
Install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.
What's the difference between this programa and the Apple Developer Program?
The Apple Beta Software Program collects feedback on pre-release software. The Apple Developer Program allows developers to test and build applications. Participants in the Apple Beta Software Program may receive different beta software from participants in the Apple Developer Program.
How do I stop receiving public betas and install the next shipping iOS, macOS, or tvOS release?
When your device is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, you will automatically receive new versions of the public beta from iOS Software Update, the Mac App Store, or tvOS Software Update. At any time, you may unenroll your device so that it no longer receives these updates. Then, when
the next version of commercial software is released, you can install it from... tvOS Software Update.
Unenroll Your Devices to Stop Receiving Public Betas
Once your setting has changed, your Apple TV will no longer receive tvOS public betas. When
the next commercial version of tvOS is released, it will automatically install if you have Automatic Software Update turned on. Or, you can install it from Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software.