Rumor: tvOS 11 to Offer Multi-User Support, Picture-in-Picture

Posted in Apple TV, Rumor on 17/04/2017 by Chris Hauk


A new rumor claims Apple’s “tvOS 11” Apple TV operating system – likely to be announced at this June’s Worldwide Developers Conference, will gain a pair of much-desired features.


Multi-user support will tailor onscreen content to the active profile/Apple ID, Israeli site The Verifier said on Sunday, citing a “reliable source.” People should not only see their personal Apple Music, iCloud, and iTunes content, but also their own apps.

Rumor: tvOS 11 to Offer Multi-User Support, Picture-in-Picture

Mockup by The Verifier

Once a profile is connected to the little black box, switching between them is said to be as simple as switching a channel. The report claims work on the feature is in the advanced stages, but of course could be delayed until a future release.

Currently, the Mac is the only Apple device to offer true multiple user accounts for all users. The iPad does support multiple users, but only in the classroom.


The other new feature said to be on the way to the Apple TV is picture-in-picture. The popular feature, currently supported on the Mac and iPad, allows users to watch a video stream in one corner of the display, while using other apps.

Rumor: tvOS 11 to Offer Multi-User Support, Picture-in-Picture

Mockup by The Verifier

The Verifier’s report also repeated rumors of a live programming guide for the Apple TV, along with some sort of subscription television content.

As is usual, these types of reports should be taken with a grain of your favorite salt-free seasoning, as they are merely rumors, and will remain as such until Apple offers up an official “yea” or “nay.”


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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