tvOS 10 update for Apple TV now available

By , Sep 13, 2016


Hot on the heels of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, Apple on Tuesday released tvOS 10. The software update is available free and compatible with all fourth-gen Apple TVs—the latest generation of Apple’s popular set-top box.

tvOS 10 should install automatically on your Apple TV, but depending on your settings you may have to push it manually. You can do this by navigating to System > Software Updates > Update Software on your device.

Here are some of the significant new features in tvOS 10:

New Siri features

Have a good idea of what you want to watch? With the new tvOS, Siri not only lets you search for a specific topic, it allows you to combine multiple criteria in the same search. For example, ask Siri to “Show me movies about elections.” Just say the words.

Dark Mode

Change the look and feel of your screen in an instant. Choose the light background to make posters and icons pop. Or select the dark option and make watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.

New iOS Remote app

The all-new Apple TV Remote app is a great companion to Apple TV. With it, you can control Apple TV with a swipe of your finger, use the on-screen keyboard to quickly enter text, summon Siri with a wide variety of voice commands, and even play games on your Apple TV using your iPhone’s built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.

Other new features include:

  • Single sign-on simplifies access to entertainment apps like HBO GO and FXNOW.
  • Apple Music has a new look and new features that make it easier than ever to find the music you love.
  • New HomeKit support lets you dim the lights before starting a horror movie. Or lower the room temperature during the playoffs. Control all your favorite HomeKit accessories right from your TV.
  • The new Memories feature works with your iCloud Photo Library to automatically find photos and videos you haven’t seen or thought about for a while. Then it displays them in a beautiful collection.
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  • Y2J

    If they would work with Sony and get a PS Vue app I would’ve bought three ATVs instead of Fire TVs

  • Alex Wilson

    I’m getting annoyed with how Apple is not supporting previous generations. I have and still use an ATV1 thought I don’t expect it to be supported I do expected the ATV3 should be. Other then the fact I can cook an egg on my ATV1 it still does its job and because it has a built in HD I can use it in my RV without the need to stream. Without HD support I don’t think I’m going to buy any more ATVs the Fire TV is on my list though.

  • Sivale99

    Single sign-on is nowhere to be found

  • nova voter

    Single sign on is a huge plus. Having to authorize every app one at a time is a pain. Although I’ve already done it, so I guess this isn’t a big deal for me. But super helpful for anyone who buys one in the future.

  • nova voter

    it’s a minor, cosmetic thing, but the dark mode is sooooo much nicer looking IMO