While the Apple TV was an afterthought during the WWDC 2022 keynote, there is actually a new tvOS 16 update available for all Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models, with the first beta releasing yesterday for developers to try out. Below we have summarized some new features and improvements included in the software update.
An overview of the new tvOS 16 features for Apple TV:
- Cross-device connectivity: According to Apple, tvOS 16 allows developers to integrate their Apple TV app with their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch apps to unlock new experiences that “feel more personal than ever.” For example, developers can deliver more personalized workouts on the Apple TV based on motion sensor data from the Apple Watch, display real-time information on the iPhone while a video is playing in their Apple TV app, or include more screens for gameplay.
- Extended game controller support: Apple says many additional Bluetooth game controllers will be supported on tvOS 16. Notably, this includes support for Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.
- HDR10+ support was added to the Apple TV app on tvOS 16.
- Multi-User Improvements: tvOS 16 offers improved system integration for user profiles in Apple TV apps. According to Apple, users with credentials stored in a shared keychain will not have to sign in and select their profile every time they launch an Apple TV app that has been updated with this functionality.
- Material support: Matter is a new standard that will allow compatible smart home accessories to work together seamlessly across multiple platforms, including Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa and more. A Home Hub is required to control Matter accessories in the Home app. This can be an Apple TV updated to tvOS 16 or a HomePod/HomePod mini updated to the latest software version.
Apple said the first public beta of tvOS 16 will be released in July and the software update will be released to all users in the fall. It’s likely that additional tvOS 16 features will be revealed as beta testing continues over the next few months.
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