The brand new Apple TV is operating a brand new working system referred to as tvOS
Apple’s Eddie Cue simply launched the brand new Apple TV, and he is saying that the way forward for TV is apps. To run all these apps, Apple has developed a brand new working system for the Apple TV referred to as, appropriately, tvOS. It should not be a wildly totally different improvement expertise than what’s already on the market for the Mac and iOS — there’s shared know-how and instruments like Xcode and Metallic, and a bunch of the primary spherical of apps and video games are close to-equivalent to what’s on the market for iOS already. Builders may even construct common apps that allow you to purchase one app that works throughout your iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. The primary spherical of apps consists of anticipated video choices like Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu, however there are additionally a bunch of iOS-fashion apps like Airbnb and Zillow and video games like Crossy Street and a recreation from the Rayman collection.
However Apple is not simply bringing iOS ports to the Apple TV — it is also going to have unique video games for the TV that are not obtainable in your iPhone. There is a Guitar Hero recreation coming to the Apple TV, and Apple simply confirmed off one other music recreation referred to as Beat Sports activities that is one other unique. All in all it seems to be like Apple’s doing what everybody predicted they’d do years in the past: utilizing the huge variety of iOS video games and players on the market and bringing it to the lounge.
As for issues that perhaps aren’t as suited to the sofa, Apple is demoing some e-commerce apps for the Apple TV. The primary up is Gilt, a reduction purchasing website. It seems like a pleasant searching and shopping for expertise, however it does not appear any higher than simply buying in your laptop computer or iPad.
Apple additionally confirmed off a brand new MLB.com app; there’s been an MLB app for the Apple TV for some time now, however this one seems much more absolutely-featured than what’s been obtainable earlier than. Opening the newly-titled At Bat app (the identical as what it is referred to as for iOS) will present you the complete slate of video games for the day, and you will get highlights, rating, stats, and so forth. Video will come at 60 fps, and there is a cut up display mode that allows you to watch a number of video games on the similar time. What is going on unsaid right here is that you’re going to doubtless want an costly MLB.TV subscription to benefit from most of those options — nevertheless it’s nonetheless a a lot better MLB expertise than what’s been provided up to now. The previous Apple TV, Android TV, and Roku apps appear rather more simplistic by comparability.
In the event you’re a developer, the tvOS developer beta is out there at present, and it seems like Apple shall be providing hardware to builders to allow them to begin constructing and testing apps earlier than the brand new Apple TV’s late October launch date.
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- Sort Audio / video participant
- Video providers iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Different
- Audio providers iTunes
- Video codec help h.264 / AVC, Movement JPEG, MPEG-four, Quicktime
- Audio codec help AAC, MP3, WAV
- Video outputs HDMI (1&#one hundred sixty;outputs)
- Audio outputs by way of HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
- Launched 2012-03-sixteen