While Apple continues to work on the next big update for its mobile operating system (and iPadOS), the company has seen fit to release another minor update in the meantime. But this one's for its set-top boxes, the Apple TV HD and the Apple TV 4K, which is a small change of pace for Apple to say the least.
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Having seeded release candidates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8 to its registered developers and public beta testers, Apple has now officially announced the iOS 15 release date. As it turns out, iOS 15, along with other Apple OS updates (except for one), are scheduled to drop on the same day as iOS 15: Monday, September 20, 2021.
While the vast majority of updates for Apple's products are coupled with announcements, even the firmware updates from time to time, that's not always the case. Some minor firmware updates go mostly under the radar, especially when it comes to whatever "new" things are being added to the mix. That's the case with today's firmware update for the brand new Siri Remote.
With tvOS seemingly an afterthought at WWDC21, you'd be right to wonder whether Apple might have forgotten about the Apple TV. Don't worry, it hasn't. While the keynote barely mentioned any tvOS 15 specifics, our team has been able to discover more than a dozen user-facing features and improvements coming to your Apple media streamer this fall with tvOS 15!
macOS Monterey and tvOS 15 bring spatial audio to your Apple TV and Mac with dynamic head tracking via the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. But without any chips or sensors for spatial awareness inside those devices, how does exactly Apple measure your head movement?
Signing into supported apps on the Apple TV, thanks to updates to tvOS, is relatively easy. However, Apple is simplifying the process with the upcoming launch of tvOS 15. As outlined today in a developer video, the set-top box's software will soon support signing in via biometric security. On an iPhone.
The Apple TV is a nice living room companion, but configuring the device to your liking can be challenging. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to configure your Apple TV the right way by adjusting a few important settings that define your experience, including audio and video.
The Apple TV can save storage space by temporarily uninstalling apps you rarely use without deleting your data. And when you need an offloaded app, tvOS will automatically reinstall it along with app data. In this tutorial, we show you how to offload unused apps on the Apple TV.
Earlier today, during the company's Spring Loaded event, Apple showed off a brand new Apple TV 4K and a new Siri Remote. But even if you don't plan on getting the new set-top box, you can still get the new remote.
One of the complaints regarding the Apple TV is its remote. It's not well-received by a lot of people out there in the wild, and it's typically one of the only negative marks given to Apple's set-top box. But the company may be looking to right that ship with the remote's upcoming redesign.
Along with rumors swirling around that Apple is planning on introducing a new Apple TV set-top box, a new remote is expected to come along with it. And now tvOS is popping in to throw a reference our way to that potential future, too.
Whether or not Apple is going to launch a new Apple TV set-top box remains to be seen. But the latest changes Apple made behind the scenes could suggest something is changing in the near future.