When Apple unveiled tvOS 12 earlier this year, the company didn’t have a huge laundry list to go through when it came to new features for its set-top box lineup.
But for folks who own the Apple TV 4K, or plan to upgrade to one, do have at least one major improvement to look forward to: Dolby Atmos support. Dolby Atmos allows for overall better audio quality, as long as you have supported hardware to actually take advantage of it. Technically speaking, Atmos has been supported in the tvOS 12 beta, but it has been inconsistent (as one might expect from beta software), and it required folks to use the VUDU app to actually use it when it worked at all.
But that appears to be changing now. The tvOS 12 beta now reflects support for Dolby Atmos within iTunes for a variety of different movies available on the platform. That means Apple TV 4K owners that are trying out the tvOS 12 beta can now watch their iTunes Movies and finally get support for Dolby Atmos. Of course, software support is just one piece of the puzzle — you’ll also need to have a movie that supports the better audio quality, too.
Thankfully, there are a variety of options to choose from right now. Titles include Spider-Man: Homecoming, Deadpool 2, Baby Driver, Peter Rabbit, and many others. As you can see from the image above, you will be able to determine if a title supports Dolby Atmos with the logo and text that’s present below the title of the movie, where you will also see if it supports Dolby Vision, the Rotten Tomatoes score for the title, and other important information.
It’s worth noting that Apple plans on automatically upgrading the content you own to Dolby Atmos if it supports the feature. Apple took this same route when it adopted 4K HDR content in iTunes, automatically upgrading movies that customers bought to the higher-quality resolution.
Dolby Atmos for the Apple TV 4K will launch to the public soon, probably in late September.
Thanks to Movies Anywhere using VUDU to take advantage of the Dolby Atmos feature probably wasn’t a big deal for some movie watchers, but the fact that the tvOS 12 beta and iTunes Movies now work together to bring the feature to life is a nice change.
If you haven’t already picked up an Apple TV 4K, do you plan on buying one?