While the Apple TV was an afterthought during the main WWDC 2022, there’s already a new tvOS 16 update for all Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models, with a first developer beta released for testing yesterday. Below, we’ve rounded up many of the new features and improvements featured in the software update.
An overview of the new tvOS 16 features for the Apple TV:
- Connecting across devices: Apple says tvOS 16 allows developers to integrate their Apple TV app with the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps to launch new experiences that “look more personal than ever before.” For example, developers can offer more personalized exercises on the Apple TV based on motion sensor data from the Apple Watch, display real-time information on the iPhone while playing a video in their Apple TV app, or include more screens for gameplay.
- Extended game controller support: Apple says that many additional Bluetooth game controllers are supported on tvOS 16. Notably, this includes support for Nintendo Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers.
- HDR10 + . support Added to the Apple TV app on tvOS 16.
- Multi-user improvements: tvOS 16 provides improved system integration of user profiles into Apple TV apps. Apple says that with credentials stored in a shared keychain, users won’t need to sign in and choose their profile every time they launch an Apple TV app that’s updated with this functionality.
- Support issue: Matter is a new standard that will enable 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, which can be Apple TV updated to tvOS 16 or HomePod / HomePod mini updated to the latest software version.
Apple said the first beta version of tvOS 16 will be released in July, and a software update will be released to all users in the fall. It’s possible that additional features of tvOS 16 will be revealed as beta testing continues over the next few months.
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