TvOS Adds Single Sign-On And More Siri Features

Posted: Jun 14 2016, 1:35am CDT | by , in News | Apple


tvOS Adds Single Sign-On and More Siri Features

Apple unveiled the new tvOS update at the WWDC 2016.

Apple introduced new Siri capabilities, single sign-on for Apple TV in the new tvOS version coming this Fall. With expanded Siri capabilities, including searching across more apps, YouTube search, topic search and tuning right into more live channels, you can get to their favorite content even faster.

The future of TV is apps, and with single sign-on customers can authenticate all the video channels from their pay-TV providers by simply signing in once to enjoy all of their network-TV apps.

“The future of TV is apps, and Siri on Apple TV has changed the way we interact with our television and these expanded features will continue to deliver viewers what they want to watch even faster,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “There are over 6,000 apps to enjoy on your Apple TV including over 1,300 video channels, which are even more fun to watch with the new Siri features combined with single sign-on.” 

Apple TV has now over 6,000 native apps and Siri can search across 650,000 TV episodes and movies.

tvOS Features

For the first time, customers in the US will have a simplified way of enjoying pay-TV video channels by using single sign-on. Starting this fall, users only have to sign in once on Apple TV to enjoy immediate access to their favorite video channels that are included as part of their pay-TV subscription. 

iOS users can download the new Apple TV Remote app with touch navigation, Siri and game play support.

Apple Music has an all-new design, bringing greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience. The Library, For You, Browse and Radio tabs have been completely redesigned to provide an even greater sense of place, and a Search tab has been added to make finding music even easier.

Photos for Apple TV now supports the new Memories feature, making it easy to rediscover meaningful moments in a user’s photo library and share them on the big screen.

While users love the bright and fresh Apple TV interface, some may prefer a darker background to fit a home theater environment or darker rooms, so now users can select a dark background for Apple TV.  

Universal apps will now automatically download on Apple TV and show up on the Home screen when an app has been added to a user’s iOS device.

When a keyboard appears on Apple TV, one will also appear on nearby iOS devices that are logged into the same iCloud account, making entering text even more convenient.

The tvOS developer preview is available immediately for Developer Program members. The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. Siri will be available for Apple TV users in 12 countries. 

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