tvOS is Apple’s software platform for the Apple TV. Thanks to tvOS, apps can be installed on the Apple TV and it gives developers the opportunity to develop new apps for the TV cabinet. On this page you can read everything about tvOS.
tvOS: the heart of the Apple TV
The first generations of the Apple TV still had to do without tvOS. As a result, the devices were relatively limited, as the user could not install apps himself. This all changed with the arrival of the Apple TV fourth generation. With this fourth model, Apple simultaneously introduced tvOS, the new software that all Apple TVs would run on from that moment.
Because the Apple TV has to do without a touchscreen, an important role is reserved for the Siri speech assistant and the included Siri Remote. At the touch of a button, you ask Siri to launch an app, fast forward or rewind a few seconds, or do something else. If you prefer not to talk, use the touchpad on the Siri Remote to browse through tvOS.
The App Store of tvOS
The most important addition of tvOS is the App Store. This makes it possible for developers to develop their own apps for the device. Over the years, pretty much all major streaming services have released their own app for Apple TV, such as Netflix, Plex, the NOS and YouTube. In addition, there are also enough games to be found in the tvOS App Store, although these are often the same games that can also be played on the iPhone and iPad, but on a larger screen. The advantage of this is that all games that you have purchased on iOS can be downloaded for free on tvOS.
Apple is launching tvOS 12 on September 17, a relatively minor software update. The most important innovation is the arrival of Dolby Atmos support. If you have speakers that support this technology, your sound experience will get a major upgrade. The offer of 4K HDR films will also increase even more now that more and more people are buying such a TV at home.
Another nice addition to tvOS 12 are new live wallpapers that Apple made in collaboration with NASA. If you do not touch the Apple TV for a while, the device will present you with a razor-sharp image of our planet. tvOS 12 will be available simultaneously this fall with iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5. You need an Apple TV 4 or newer to install the update.