Earlier this year, during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company’s unveiled tvOS 12 and outlined the new features coming to the company’s latest set-top boxes.
Today, Apple officially released tvOS 12 into the wild. The software is available to download and install now. To get the new software on your set-top box, owners simply need to go into the Settings app and follow the onscreen instructions. Alternatively, for owners who have automatic downloads turned on the new software will handle the download and install process on its own in the background. The new software is available for the Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K.
As far as what’s new, the list is pretty light. The biggest new addition is support for Dolby Atmos. With this in supported content, the audio quality will be much improved over content that does not support Dolby Atmos. What’s more, Apple is taking a simple tactic as it did with the rollout of 4K HDR content in the iTunes Store. That means if something you already own supports Dolby Atmos, Apple will automatically upgrade that content at no additional cost to you.
Authentication is a big deal, and Apple wants to make it easier. Single Sign-On made that easier last year, but now the company is introducing “Zero Sign-On”. Now, if you are on your TV provider’s broadband network, the supported apps and channels will automatically populate without actually logging into anything. The Apple TV remote will automatically be added to Control Center if you have an Apple TV in the home, which means accessing controls can be easier and faster.
Apple is welcoming new Aerial background photos to the platform, and is also adding the ability to see where the images were shot just by tapping the physical remote. Users can even swipe between locations if they want. Apple also introduces new Aerials of the planet earth itself. It was filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. It includes night time shots of the planet.
tvOS 12 is available now.