The way you watch TV will change this fall when tvOS 13 is released. According to Apple, the latest update sets the "standard for home entertainment," offering more personalized features for the most immersive experience yet. When the software launches, it'll be home to Apple TV+, which is Apple's new streaming service set to compete with Netflix.
When will tvOS 13 launch?
Apple hasn't unveiled a release date for tvOS 13, but we're expecting the software to be available sometime in September.
What Apple TV models support tvOS 13?
According to Apple, tvOS 13 will be available for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.
Brand new home screen
Apple recently refreshed the Apple TV app, so it's redesigning tvOS 13's home screen to match. Apple says the new home screen is "designed for discovery," with the biggest change coming in the form of full-screen video previews. That way, users can easily find and enjoy new TV shows, movies, and more.
Apple finally introduces multi-user support
It's a wonder this feature wasn't available from the start, but tvOS 13 introduces multi-user support. Now, you can several family members can enjoy a personalized experience. According to Apple, each user will see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes.
All new Control Center
Control Center has become a staple of iOS and macOS, and now it's available in tvOS. When you swipe over, you'll have quick access to features like search, what's playing, and the ability to connect Bluetooth devices. You'll also see a grid of users on the Apple TV, so you can quickly switch to your experience.
Apple Music gets onscreen lyrics
With Apple Music, users will be able to see lyrics in sync with the song that's playing. It's a nice change for families who enjoy partaking in karaoke or simply want to see the lyrics to their favorite songs.
Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV
Apple has always tried to make gaming a big part of the Apple TV, and with tvOS 13, gaming will be an even bigger focus. That's because Apple Arcade, the upcoming subscription service, is coming to the Apple TV.
More game controller support
Speaking of gaming, tvOS 13 will add support for the Xbox and PlayStation controllers. That's a big move from Apple, because millions of people around the world already own these controllers. The new support will also make gaming on the Apple TV much easier.
Even better screen savers
The Apple TV will have even more screen savers when tvOS 13 lands. These new screen savers, which were filmed in collaboration with BBC Natural History Unit, will take viewers under the sea to showcase the hidden beauty of planet Earth.
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