Apple continued to showcase what it believes will mark the beginning for the future of television, earlier this week, with the previewing of tvOS 10.
The update set to arrive alongside iOS 10, watchOS 3 and macOS Sierra – this fall, again has its focus around Siri which can now can now search for specific topics, whilst also allowing for the combining of multiple criteria in the same search.
For example, ask Siri to “Show me spy movies from the 1960s.” Or search for videos on YouTube. Just say the words.
Plus with a smarter Siri for faster access to what you want, and full support for HomeKit, you can even control the house lights and adjust your thermostat “right from your TV,” Apple says.
Perhaps the most useful feature coming to tvOS and that Apple announced on Monday, though, is something called Single Sign-On.
Come on, be honest. You really didn’t think Apple was going to sit by and aimlessly watch, as you entered your TV provider information for each individual subscription-based app on your Apple TV 4, did you? …
Oh, you did?
Well, no more.
With the release of tvOS 10 in the fall this method of login will become history, and will instead be replaced with a single sign-on for all your favourite TV apps.
For you folks that love to settle down to a movie on your Apple TV at nighttime, there’s some good news here – too, as the next version of tvOS will introduce Dark Mode.
Change the look and feel of your screen in an instant. Choose the light background to make posters and icons pop. Or select the dark option and make watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.
And More …
From seeing your photo memories to a brand new way to experience Music, there are many, many more features and improvements that will be coming to tvOS before the end of the year, and we can’t wait to go into more detail about them.
If you just can’t wait, however, you can also head over to Apple’s website to get the full lowdown – right now.
Those already enrolled in the Apple Developer Program, and who also happen to own or have access to a fourth-generation Apple TV, will be mighty pleased to learn that tvOS 10 Developer Preview is now available to download on the Dev Center.
For everyone else out there, you can expect to join in on the fun – this fall.