What’s new in tvOS 16. Spoiler: almost nothing new

At the keynote presentation at WWDC 2022, Apple showed off new operating systems for all of its devices except Apple TV. For the first time in several years new tvOS not a minute of time was devoted to the event. We hasten to reassure the owners of Apple TV consoles: the company from Cupertino has not forgotten about you. The new version of the operating system for set-top boxes will see the light in the same way as the rest of the operating system – this fall.

The new version of tvOS surprised the lack of high-profile innovations

Despite the fact that Apple did not show tvOS 16, its beta version for developers is already available, and we were able to see what new Apple offers us in its operating system. There are very few innovations in the new system, but they are still worth looking at. Let’s figure it out What Apple has added to tvOS 16.

Games on Apple TV

Maybe with the support of new controllers, cool games will appear on Apple TV?

This year, Apple paid special attention to games as part of the presentation of macOS. It was announced that famous titles would finally appear on Macs. Was presented separately new Metal 3.

Apple TV did not receive such innovations, but acquired support for a large number of Bluetooth controllers. The most important thing in this situation is that Cupertino seems to deliberately not disclose all the controllers that their set-top box supports. In particular, Apple reported that joy-cons from Nintendo Switch can now be used on Apple TV running tvOS 16.

I just found it on the Apple website how to connect an xbox controller, Playstation or MFi certified. In this case, the firms and models of such joysticks are not listed. If someone seriously plays on Apple TV, you should know that joy-cons have also appeared in the arsenal of devices that can be connected.

Smart Home – HomeKit

Apple TV turns into Yandex.Module with the help of Matter

tvOS 16 has a complete Matter support. Matter is a smart home standard that brings together different manufacturers of smart home devices. Thanks to him, devices developed by different companies can be combined into a single system.

Initial support for Matter appeared in beta versions of tvOS 15, but the new standard was not available to end users. For users, nothing much will change outwardly, just all their devices that are added to HomeKit can be controlled using Apple TV.

For some, this will be a convenient addition to existing control methods, someone will not take advantage of this opportunity, but the fact remains that Apple is trying to give users more control options. smart homewithout locking them to the iPhone alone.

Syncing Apple Devices

Syncing Apple devices looks very convenient, Apple TV sees nearby gadgets

A rather vague feature that Apple notes in the new system is improved interaction between different devices of the company. Apple itself recommends syncing tvOS with iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS to open new features of Apple TV.

This kind of interaction can already be seen in the Apple Fitness app. When you start your workout, the app on your TV syncs with your Apple Watch, and during your workout, your activity data is sent from your watch to your TV, where the app adjusts your activity to your fitness level.

Apple TV + application can sync timelines across devices, and third-party developers can create games using your iPhone or iPad’s screen as a secondary display, such as maps.

Synchronization between Apple devices has always been at a high level. All the necessary information moves between them, often without unnecessary gestures. If Cupertino managed to further deepen the interaction of their gadgets, then for users this will be a clear reason not to look at competitors.

Which Apple TVs will be updated to tvOS 16

Finally, tvOS has the ability to set the time format to 12 or 24 hours.

There were minor changes in tvOS 16 and more. The Apple TV+ app has new, richer previews for Apple TV+ projects to help with your search. During use Apple Fitness + applications heart rate levels are displayed on the screen to make it more convenient to dose the load.

From features that are invisible to the eye, there are new custom styles and button effects for developers to improve the look and feel of third-party apps.

Initially, it was reported that tvOS 16 would be able to boast support for HDR10 +, but after some time, mention of this was removed. Apparently, this feature will bypass the current update.

New tvOS 16 will work on the following devices:

  • Apple TV fourth generation
  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV 4K second generation

Apple did a good job update, but the innovations are more likely to pull on tvOS 15.5. The company, apparently, understood this very well and did not devote time to the presentation of the new tvOS. Set-top box system develops evolutionarily, Apple cannot add anything radically new there.

Cupertino does not try to compete with game consoles, in view of not the most powerful hardware and the need to keep the price at a certain level, although they give developers the opportunity to create games. Let’s hope that Apple knows where its prefix is ​​\u200b\u200bmoving, otherwise it looks very much like an ideological stagnation from afar.


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