June 3, 2019
Apple June 3 at the developers confab in San Jose, Calif., previewed tvOS 13, the media giant’s new operating system for TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps via Apple TV 4K inside the home.
With tvOS 13, Apple TV 4K gains a new home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screen savers filmed under the sea.
tvOS 13 features the all-new Apple TV app, which brings together different ways to find and watch TV shows and movies into one app. The app offers Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles to browse, buy or rent.
As previously reported, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app. The Apple TV app is also available on other Apple devices and select third-party platforms.
“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” Greg Joswiak, VP of product marketing, said in a statement. “With more personalized features to enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”
Features include a new home screen designed for full-screen video previews so users can view new TV shows, movies, music and games.
The new Apple TV control center simplifies switching users so everyone gets their own personalized entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes. The control center also provides users with quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.
Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalized playlists and recommendations. In the control center, users can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, users can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with their favorite songs.
Apple Arcade is coming to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
tvOS 13 adds support for Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other games on the App Store.
Apple is expanding its collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea.
Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerizing creatures and scenes.