While the new pieces of software are minor in scale in the grand scheme of things, it turns out that they are not completely without their new additions. Specifically, both developer betas introduce the first vision of Apple’s new and revamped TV app, which the company unveiled earlier this month.
The new TV app is designed to be the one-stop-shop for Apple’s video efforts, both in original content with the future release of Apple TV+, but as well as purchased content through iTunes and third-party subscription services like Starz and HBO. With a more important role in Apple’s services, Apple saw fit to revamp and improve the overall TV app. Today’s developer betas show that incoming change.
The new TV app will still start with the “Watch Now” section. This area is meant to show you what you’ve been watching, and let you keep tabs on any series you’re currently making your way through. It will show the next episode to watch from any services tied to it, as well as suggest new movies and shows to watch based on advanced machine learning features baked into the “For You” feature.
There is even a dedicated section for Kids in the revamped app, which will make it easier for parents to keep tabs on the content their kids are watching, as well as find new shows and films.
The new Apple TV also includes “Channels”. This is a way for users to quickly subscribe to third-party services like HBO, Starz, and others, and access that content from within the app directly. The beta seeds of both iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 both offer support for Channels now, and you can even sign up for free trials of some services if you’re so inclined.
While this is a solid start, it’s still missing one giant feature: Apple TV+, which Apple also announced this month. That is the company’s big leap into original content, both in film and tv series. Once that subscription service launches later this year, the new TV app will also house that feature as well.
The new, revamped TV app is pretty great looking, and it should serve its purpose well once it launches to the public later this year. Personally, these changes are all well and good, but I’m looking forward to Apple TV+ getting added to the mix.
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