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WWDC 18 Keynote Happenings: Apple Debuts tvOS 12

WWDC 18 Keynote Happenings: Apple Debuts tvOS 12

Apple previewed tvOS 12 during the WWDC 18 keynote on Monday. The new Apple TV operating system brings support for Dolby Atmos audio to the Apple TV 4K, and new features to allow easy access to shows, as well as new space aerial screensavers.

Dolby Atmos

With the release of tvOS 12, the Apple TV 4K set top box will be the only streaming player to be both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified, ensuring a cinematic experience of 4K HDR visuals and immersive sound that flows all around in three-dimensional space.

This fall, iTunes will offer Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and the titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free.

Charter Communications

Apple also announced that the number 2 cable company in the U.S., Charter will begin offering the Apple TV 4K to their customers later this year. The device will give Charter customers access to live channels and on-demand programs via a new Spectrum TV app on the Apple TV. The new system will be similar to that offered by DirecTV NOW.

Apple TV App

With tvOS 12, Apple TV will offer zero sign-in for authenticating app access. The Apple TV will detect the user’s broadband provider and automatically sign them in to all video apps available through their cable subscription. The zero-sign in feature will initially be limited to Charter, but will expand to other providers in the future.

WWDC 18 Keynote Happenings: Apple Debuts tvOS 12

Aerial Screensavers

Apple, in collaboration with the International Space Station National Lab and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, unveiled brand new 4K HDR aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of beautiful aerials.

WWDC 18 Keynote Happenings: Apple Debuts tvOS 12

Additional Features

Additional tvOS 12 features for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation make it even easier for customers to access the shows and movies they love:

  • With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to easily sign in to Apple TV apps.
  • The Apple TV Remote will be automatically added to Control Center on iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users, giving users quick access to Apple TV controls.
  • Home control systems like Control4, Crestron and Savant can be used to control Apple TV, including using Siri for voice search and control.
WWDC 18 Keynote Happenings: Apple Debuts tvOS 12


The tvOS developer preview is available for Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today. The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. For more information, visit apple.com/apple-tv-4K. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

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