Every Apple TV Aerial screen saver, including ISS footage, can now be enjoyed on your Mac

Version 1.4.4 of the free Aerial software for macOS brings improvements like tvOS 12’s latest ISS footage, support for 4K HEVC aerials, a brand-new dusk/dawn mode and other perks.

Features included in the 1.4 update:

  • Every Aerial video: From the very first aerials in San Francisco to the new space videos shot from the ISS. Now with better titles so you can find your favorite videos faster.
  • 4K HEVC: With the launch of Apple TV 4K, many videos are now available in this format. Aerial will show you the best format available based on your preferences.
  • Different videos based on time: Want to see night videos at night? Aerial can calculate for you the dusk/dawn times. You can also use Night Shift sunset and sunrise detection (you do not need to enable Night Shift).
  • Feeling Dark? Aerial is now compatible with Dark Mode in macOS Mojave 10.14 and can play night videos when Dark Mode is enabled.
  • Descriptions: Wondering where an Aerial view was shot? Aerial can now tell you as they play. We even have extended descriptions written by our community of users.
  • Brightness control: Aerial can progressively dim the brightness before your Mac goes to sleep. You can even enable this feature at night or only on battery if you prefer.
  • Full offline mode: Behind a firewall? Just copy the cache folder from another Mac and you are all set. You can also disable all streaming.
  • Better cache management: Cache your favorite videos individually, no need to grab them all, or stream as you go and they’ll get cached automatically.
  • Clock: We even have a properly styled clock, if that’s your thing.

Apple’s been adding new footage to Aerial since its debut alongside tvOS 10 two year ago.

This impressive Apple TV screen saver basically downloads slowed-down drone footage of major world cities and locations from Apple’s server and plays it smoothly on the big screen. Birds-eye videos are eye-popping and the latest tvOS 12 software has added new scenes shot in space by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

TUTORIAL: How to enjoy Apple TV’s Aerial screen saver on your Mac

Apple’s been regularly adding new footage to its Aerial screen saver, debuted alongside tvOS 10 two year ago, which basically downloads and plays slowed-down drone footage of the world’s biggest cities and famous locations.

The smooth scenes Apple’s drones captured over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China and elsewhere are simply breathtaking. The latest tvOS 12 software has added new footage shot in space by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

To download the latest available version of Aerial, head over to GitHub.

Aerial is written in Swift, which requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 or above.

As was first noted by 9to5Mac’s Michael Potuck, the Aerial Mac app was originally created by John Coates, but the latest update is credited to Guillaume Louel.

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