Apple has today released the next major version of tvOS for Apple TV. tvOS 10 features a Dark Mode, a redesigned Apple Music app, improved Siri, Memories in the Photo app, easier home automation controls, and more.
Apple tvOS 10 is here
Some of the new features in tvOS 10 are exclusive to Siri-enabled countries while others work everywhere but no matter where you live you should definitely update your Apple TV to tvOS 10, which is the first major update for Apple TV4.
These are the main features:
Dark Mode is a new dark theme for the user interface. You can select between Dark Mode and Light Mode from the menu.
New Apple Music app has a new look look that looks like Apple Music on iOS 10.
Memories in the Photo app will, once your iPhone has created “memories” videos from your vacations, events, more, offer access to these short-form videos on Apple TV.
Continuity keyboard with the new Remote app will give you a notification on your iPhone (running iOS 10) to let you know when you can input text on Apple TV. It makes it far easier to search for stuff on Apple TV.
Apps will automatically install on Apple TV when you download a ”universel app” on iPhone or iPad.
Single Sign-on will make it easier to authenticate with cable TV networks’ apps. It was supposed to be ready for tvOS 10 but has been slightly delayed. It is coming later this year.
Control you home with Apple HomeKit on Apple TV. You can already control HomeKit-enabled devices from your iPhone but now you can ask Siri on Apple TV to dim the lights when you want to watch a movie. The news here is that Siri on Apple TV integrates with HomeKit. Your Apple TV was already a HomeKit hub for your home.
Siri in 12 languages on Apple TV, but still many many missing... With tvOS 10 Siri has learner to speak Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch and you can now ask her to search for YouTube videos or ”find documentaries about cars”.
Live-tune in is a new feature that lets you ask Siri to ”watch Eurosport 2”, which will take you directly into the relevant app and start the live-stream without having to click on anything.
Better gaming because developers can now require a game controller to play their game. Until now, Apple has required that all games work with the simple Siri Remote. That is no longer the case. Apple TV now supports up to 4 wireless controllers.
Share your gameplay on social media with a recording or live-stream. Apple has dubbed it ReplayKit and you may already know the feature from services like Twitch and YouTube Gaming.
App badges will put badges on the Apple TV homescreen app icons, just like on your iPhone/iPad.
And the rest..
As always, Apple is including lots of features that are too small to warrant a mention. Some of these features can be seen on the slide below from WWDC 2016.
Apple is highlighting features such as ”Bluetooth accessories”, “PhotoKit”, ”New Siri countries”, “Multiplayer game sessions”, “More Dictation languages”, “Continuity keyboard”, “App badging”, “New search apps”, “Aerial updates” etc.
It can also be noted that tvOS 10 adds support for wide color gamut on a system level. While regular content (SD, HD, 4K) use the standard Rec.709 color gamut, HDR content is moving to the wider DCI-P3 color space (in a Rec.2020 container). For now it will not matter much but Apple is laying the foundation for a new Apple TV box with 4K and HDR. When exactly a new box will launch is anyone’s guess.
If you are a developer you can find the tvOS SDK here.
tvOS 10 is available to download for your Apple TV now.