Monday, June 10, 2024

tvOS 18 Announced

Apple (MacRumors, 9to5Mac):

With tvOS 18, intelligent new features like InSight — and updates to Enhance Dialogue and subtitles — level up cinematic experiences, while new Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, and FaceTime capabilities get even better on users’ biggest screen. The Home app gains new features with iOS 18, like guest access and hands-free unlock with home keys, delivering effortless and secure access to the home.


Enhance Dialogue gets smarter with tvOS 18, leveraging machine learning and computational audio to deliver greater vocal clarity over music, action, and background noise on Apple TV 4K.


For even more convenience, subtitles now automatically appear at just the right moments with tvOS 18, including when the language in a show or film does not match the device language, when users mute, or when they skip back while watching something.


Update (2024-06-12): Sigmund Judge:

A new addition to Apple TV+, InSight gives users real-time access to information about the actors and their characters onscreen, as well as the soundtrack in a given scene, allowing viewers to quickly add that song or musical performance to an Apple Music playlist to enjoy later. Much like Amazon Prime Video’s X-Ray feature that came before it, there’s lots of fine granular detail that could be added to InSight before its fall launch, but this is a great start.

In addition to accessing InSight on the big screen, users will also be able to view real-time actor, character, and music information through the Remote app found in Control Center on iOS and iPadOS, allowing access to the same information for a distraction-free experience when watching with friends and family.


While the latest iteration of Apple’s big-screen entertainment experience may not offer the grand reinvention some might have hoped for, the ninth iteration of tvOS does introduce a handful of welcome enhancements.

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Sad to say, but Enhance Dialogue is probably the most exciting and actually useful thing Apple announced today.

What I want most from tvOS is for Apple to sit down with all the major media apps, ask them why they're not using the native player, and implement whatever is missing. Frankly it's embarrassing (for Apple) that Disney, a company that's so cooperative with them, doesn't support all the scrubbing gestures. Same thing for Home Screen offerings — it seems only Netflix and Amazon Prime implement them.

Hopefully the InSight thing isn't just a one-off for tv+, and they implemented proper support for this kind of overlay on any app. Convincing Amazon to deliver a quality app would be a lot harder, but at least they wouldn't have a technical reason not to.

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