Apple TV: All tvOS 16 features and enhancements

While the Apple TV was an afterthought at the WWDC 2022 keynote, here are all tvOS 16 features and upgrades for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K devices, with the first beta provided to developers for testing yesterday. Below, we’ve picked up some new features and changes coming in the software update. A summary of new tvOS 16 features for Apple TV:

tvOS 16 features: Cross-device connectivity

Apple claims tvOS 16 enables developers to combine their Apple TV app with their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch applications to unlock new experiences that “feel more personal than ever.”

For example, developers may give more tailored workouts on the Apple TV based on motion sensor data from the Apple Watch, display real-time information on the iPhone as a film plays in their Apple TV app, or incorporate more screens for games.

tvOS 16 features: Expanded game controller support

Apple claims many new Bluetooth gaming controllers are supported on tvOS 16. Notably, this features compatibility for Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. HDR10+ support has been enabled on the Apple TV app on tvOS 16.

tvOS 16 features: Multi-user improvements

tvOS 16 delivers greater system integration for user profiles in Apple TV apps. Apple claims with credentials kept in a shared keychain, users won’t need to sign in and pick their profile every time they run an Apple TV app that has been updated with this feature.

tvOS 16 features: Matter support

‘Matter’ is a new standard that will enable compatible smart home devices to operate together effortlessly across numerous platforms, including Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa, and more.

A home hub is needed to control Matter accessories in the Home app, which may be an Apple TV updated to tvOS 16 or a HomePod/HomePod mini updated to the current software version.

Apple stated the first public beta of tvOS 16 will be launched in July, and the software update will be given to all customers in the fall. Further tvOS 16 functionality may probably be revealed as beta testing continues over the following several months.

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