New TvOS Update Features: New Remote App, Single Sign On, And Dark UI

By 07:36 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 Comments

Apple’s WWDC is over and Apple has announced many recent changes to their existing portfolio of hardware. Including changes to watchOS, iOS, the newly renamed macOS, and tvOS.

Light theme on the left, Dark theme on the right

New changes have been made to tvOS' UI including a black theme that seems to work better on a TV in a blackroom which is often the case when watching TV, the original light UI also remains so you have the option of choosing between the two. There is also ‘Live Tuning’ which will let users say a command and instantly watch a network’s live stream correct through the Apple TV. It’s worth mentioning though, that this feature will only be compatible with a few TV channels at launch.

The recent Remote app lets users completely replace the Siri remote with their iOS device. Complete with a Siri button for voice commands, the app also makes utilize of the accelerometer/gyro senor to utilize gestures and play games on the Apple TV. Finally, of course you’ll be able to utilize the keyboard on your iOS device to create search queries.

Single Sign On also had the crowd cheering. One of the most annoying things about a connected TV experience is having to log into every network with your TV provider’s credentials. The recent update to tvOS will only require that users sign into their provider one time. This will allow users to access all channels available to their subscription.

One last feature that was announced: Apple TV will install recent channels for your automatically via your Apple ID. When you install a recent network’s app on your iPhone, the same app will appear on your Apple TV.

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