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Everything new comes to Apple TV in tvOS 16 | AppleInsider

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Despite no stage time on WWDC, Apple TV tvOS 16 will still get some new features this fall. We go through all the changes you can expect to see on your devices.

More gaming

Gaming seemed to be a renewed focus for Apple this year at WWDC. During Mac OS episode of keynote, Apple introduced new games to come Mac as well as the brand new Metal 3.

On Apple TV, it had at least a couple of valuable additions. The largest is support for many additional Bluetooth game controls. It’s a bit unclear and Apple does not specify all recently supported controllers but it at least opens the door.

The only set of controllers that Apple points out is from Nintendo. Both Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller are supported with tvOS 16.

Smart home

Another change with tvOS 16 will be full support for Matter. Matter is a new unifying smart home that lets certified products work HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Home and Samsung SmartThings among others.

Apple had initially supported it in beta with tvOS 15, but it was not available to consumers. Matter is scheduled to be released this fall and Apple is ready with tvOS 16.

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K

Visually, HomeKit or Matter support is nothing new, but Matter devices will be available to control via Apple TV and Apple’s Control Center interface.

Compatibility across multiple devices

Another feature mentioned by Apple that is still a bit vague is improved support for compatibility across multiple devices. This is how Apple describes it:

Integrate your tvOS app with your iOS, iPadOS or watchOS app to unlock new experiences on Apple TV.

Multi-device compatibility for Apple Fitness

Multi-device compatibility for Apple Fitness

Apple already uses a version of this itself with Apple Fitness. This is how it is paired with your Apple Watch at the beginning of a workout. During a WWDC session, Apple went into further detail and gave some examples of how this could work.

Exercise apps can provide more personalized training experiences and improved metrics by using motion data from the Apple Watch. Video player apps can include timelines or associated data in real time on an iPhone or iPad when media is played. Or developers can create a second screen experience for iPhone when playing games on Apple TV, such as displaying maps.

Other changes and improvements

Other changes are a little minor. In the TV app, there are new rich video previews for Apple TV + original to increase discovery. Intensity levels are now displayed on screen during Apple Fitness + workouts ranging from light, to moderate, to hard, to all-out.

New user suggestions in Control Center

New user suggestions in Control Center

Additional family members are now being proposed inside the Control Center. During settings > General there is a new gear for 24 or 12 hour time format. Availability have a new one Hover text alternative.

Finally, Apple added new SwiftUI elements for developers. New custom button styles and effects can enhance the look, feel, and use of third-party apps.

Initially, tvOS 16 had support for HDR10 +, but in the days after WWDC, these mentions have been removed. This may signal the removal of the scheduled feature or a delay in a future release.

Coming soon

Apple says that tvOS 16 will support:

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

TvOS 16 is currently in developer work. A public beta is scheduled for release in July before a full release this fall. Keep your Eyes open AppleInsider as we review more features for Apple’s upcoming software updates.

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