Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that powers Apple TV 4K. New features include an immersive new Home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screen savers filmed under the sea.
"tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment," says Greg Joswiak, Apple's Vice President of Product Marketing. "With more personalized features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support, and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home."
The new Home screen is designed for discovery, says Apple, with apps that can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen.
With multi-user support within the new Apple TV Control Center, family members can easily switch among unique profiles to get their own personalized entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes. The new Control Center also provides quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.
Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support as well, so everyone at home can easily play their personalized playlists and recommendations. In the new Control Center, you can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, you can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with favourite songs.
This fall, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV.
Additionally on the gaming front, tvOS 13 adds support for popular game controllers Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other games on the App Store.
The new 4K HDR screen savers take viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind "Blue Planet," these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerizing creatures and scenes.
tvOS 13 features the new Apple TV app, which brings together different ways to find and watch TV shows and movies. The Apple TV app offers Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles to browse, buy or rent. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple's original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app. The Apple TV app is also available on other Apple devices and select third-party platforms.
The tvOS developer preview is available for Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to tvOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. tvOS 13 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.