Your set-top box is about to get a bunch of new apps as Apple continues blending live and on-demand programming from content creators around the world. tvOS, which was just upgraded last fall, is getting another update this fall.
Apple is introducing a collection of minor features that make for a more complete experience. With tvOS 12, you’re getting Dolby Atmos and Vision, and Zero Sign-on.
In the United States and beyond, the Apple TV will serve as a robust hub for home entertainment. tvOS relies heavily on integration from partners, and Apple has more from distributors rather than just producers.
Charter, for example, will offer its full range of Spectrum services through Apple’s set-top box. Meanwhile, Cala+ is doing the same in France and Salt in Switzerland.
The Cupertino-based company isn’t backing down from competition in the living room. In fact, Apple has seen renewed success. Compared to this time last year, Apple’s home entertainment business grew 50 percent following the launch of the Apple TV 4K.
Apple describes Zero Sign-on, available first for Spectrum subscribers, takes your login from Charter and plugs it into other apps on the Apple TV. So you’re not punching in username and passwords or even choosing a profile. Everything happens behind the scenes.
Another new feature, albeit a minor one, is a gallery of aerial screensavers shot from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
With the addition of new features on the software side, Apple’s set-top box is proving to be an even better choice for cord cutters.
tvOS will be released around the same time iOS 12 and watchOS 5 hit.