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tvOS 14 was announced by Apple at its final WWDC 2020 event. The Apple TV 4K streaming device hasn’t received a major overhaul, but it does include a number of small, incremental changes for the Apple TV operating system.
The main new changes are the ability to resume the game quickly, similar to the feature found on PS4 and Xbox One that lets you go straight back to a game you left off in, and new support for Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive controls.
Last but not least, Apple will be expanding the picture-in-picture and HomeKit updates for iOS1
These changes don’t quite match the caliber of tvOS 13, which brought multi-user support with personalized recommendations, a new and improved control center, and improvements to the TV app before Apple TV Plus. But there’s always the chance that Apple might surprise us with another feature later.
The bad news? It doesn’t look like we’ll see any new Apple TV hardware this year, despite some pretty compelling leaks that suggest a model is about to fall. It seemed like it could happen alongside the tvOS 14 announcement, but now all we have to do is wait for the much-needed A12X Bionic upgrade that we are now slated to see next year.
TvOS 14 release date and beta
tvOS 14 will be available from September 15 – alongside iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 – and offers both a developer beta and a public beta for download.
This follows the same timeline from tvOS 13 that was shown at WWDC in June 2019 and is available in beta weeks later. The full version wasn’t released until September of this year, and a similar schedule for tvOS 14 seems likely.
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tvOS 14: new features
tvOS 13 focused on providing multi-user support for TV shows and movies, with each profile receiving its own recommendations in the TV app. Now the same functionality also applies to games via Apple Arcade.
To this end, tvOS 14 can track each user’s individual achievements and quickly resume games when you return to them.
Apple will also update the software to recognize two new Microsoft controllers, the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers, released in late 2019.
Two other new features in tvOS 14 are picture-in-picture, which let you watch videos on the screen in the corner of the screen while switching between apps, and add smart home camera feeds to the home screen.
Both of these features will be available for iOS 14 as well, and it’s good to see they’re making their way over to tvOS.
While it’s not just for tvOS 14, Apple showed off a trailer for Foundation, a new exclusive Apple TV Plus based on Isaac Asimov’s science fiction book series, with its latest WWDC 2020 keynote.
tvOS 15: what we want to see
It’s probably too early to ponder tvOS 15 considering tvOS 14 hasn’t even hit the public eye yet, but while we wait it would be good to ponder the future of Apple’s TV operating system in hope to get it these new features:
AppleInsider has reported on possible kid profiles for future tvOS updates that will limit mature content and allow parents to track Screen Time usage as well – and we’d definitely love to see it.
Improved Apple TV Plus integration
One of our main mistakes with Apple TV Plus at launch was the way it integrated with the Apple TV app, adding Plus content to existing lines of content instead of having its own in-app tab.
A 2020 software update is the perfect opportunity to remedy this, especially now that Apple TV Plus has added far more shows and series to its grid to clutter a standalone tab.
New hardware on the way
The most exciting reason to update tvOS 13 would be to prepare the platform for new Apple TV hardware. It has been more than three years since the last iteration of Apple TV 4K, and improvements certainly need to be made, not just to the built-in processor, but also to new port standards like HDMI 2.1 that could help set 2020 apart.
tvOS 13: everything introduced in the previous update
New home screen and support for multiple users
The main update for tvOS 13 is the new home screen, which has better recommendations for all family members. For this to work, each user at home needs their own profile, including your children. However, during the setup process, tailored TV shows, films, and music recommendations are displayed.
At this point it is unclear whether these profiles need to be tied to an Apple account or whether there is a master account that contains the payment information for everyone. Attaching a credit card to a child account sounds like a potentially terrible idea, so it’s likely that Apple will take care of parental controls for these accounts.
How will you switch between accounts? Control center, of course.
Apple tvOS supports Xbox One and PS4 controllers
It was obvious that Apple Arcade would need controllers since it was announced last year – how else could you play 3D platformer like Oceanhorn 2?
Now we know exactly which controllers we’re going to be using: the Xbox One and PS4 DualShock 4 gamepads.
Connecting it to your Apple TV is quite a process, but once you do, you’ll have a working MFI controller without spending any extra money.
Apple Music texts and a new screensaver
We knew Apple Music would be a key part of WWDC this year, just not Apple TV. However, we’re glad it showed up.
New to tvOS 13 is the ability to see texts on Apple Music in time for the song – a small function that is still nice to see. In addition to the new lyrics, the new home screen also shows personalized song recommendations based on your listening habits to help you find the next hit.