Tuesday, May 14, 2019

iOS 12.3’s TV App

Chris Welch:

The redesigned Apple TV app, first announced back at the company’s March event, is being released today on iOS, Apple TV, and Samsung’s latest smart TVs. To make that happen, Apple is rolling out updated versions of iOS and tvOS with a refreshed look and support for a new lineup of paid Apple TV Channels, including HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, and other networks. Users can subscribe to Apple TV Channels directly from the Apple TV app, and all content can be watched from right inside the app as well.

Chaim Gartenberg (tweet):

There’s simply no way around it — actually watching video using Apple’s native TV app is just an appalling user experience. Here’s how it works: if you’re watching a video on the TV app — presumably, one that you bought or rented on iTunes, streamed through one of Apple’s native partner channels, like HBO or Showtime, or whatever the method for using Apple TV Plus will be — on an iOS device, it will play in portrait. It also looks terrible.

If your device is set in rotation lock — as most iPhones tend to be in my experience — there is no way to watch video in landscape. The only way is to disable rotation lock, which requires swiping down into the control center (since there’s no way to access it directly on the playback screen), and then rotate the device. There is also no way to lock it in landscape mode once rotated, so better make sure to hold that phone steady.


It was only when Apple released iOS 11 that portrait was made default, and it’s been stuck that way ever since.

Meek Geek:

Failing at the basics.

Video playback isn’t hard: If it is 16:9 or wider, lock the device to landscape and only allow it to be rotated 180°. This should be an OS-level default that developers have to override, so everyone benefits.

Mike Hay:

Hey @tim_cook, the Apple apps are supposed to set the standard right?

The subscription text is so small here that any 3rd party app would have been rejected immediately.

Damien Petrilli:

And still no chapter in movies like the old Movie app did since day 1.

Walt Mossberg:

Got the new AppleTV app on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV. Unlike what every review says, I have no “For You” section on any of them. Also, I have an entire row of what’s playing on @hbogo, & the shows play great. But also a huge offer to subscribe to @hbonow.

Ryan Jones:

What the F is this centering. And tap-down state.

Previously: The Sad State of iOS 11’s TV App.

Update (2019-05-16): Dan Masters:

If anybody has tried playing music videos in Apple Music, they won’t be at all surprised by this.

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