The refreshed Apple TV 4K was released in April, but the expected tvOS 15 update that introduces exciting updates to the Apple TV experience was previously only available in beta. That will change next week: Apple has confirmed that tvOS 15 will be widely available to everyone on September 20.
Apple confirmed The edge that the tvOS 15 update will go live on the same day as its other operating system updates, including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8. The tvOS 15 update brings a number of new features to the Apple TV experience. SharePlay is arguably the most exciting addition to the experience and will allow FaceTime users to stream songs together in sync on their Apple devices, including Apple TV. However, Apple confirmed in August that the feature will initially be delayed on iOS 15 and tvOS 15 and arrive in a later update, so that feature is currently still on ice – for now.
tvOS will also add two new discovery features to its Apple TV app: For Everyone and Shared With You. For All will appear as a new row in the Apple TV app and suggest titles for an entire household to stream together. Shared with You, meanwhile, will display the movies and series that have been shared from Messages in their own row within the Apple TV app.
Additionally, tvOS also receives a handful of less flashy but nonetheless functionally interesting updates. Starting with tvOS 15, Apple TV users will see an onscreen prompt to connect their AirPods for quiet and easy streaming, and AirPods Pro or AirPods Max will also benefit from support for the spatial audio feature. ‘Apple when connected to Apple TV for a movie theater. like experience. The update will also introduce HomePod Mini pairing as well as a HomeKit update that will allow Apple TV users to see multiple home camera feeds at once. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether any of these other expected features would be delayed.
tvOS 15 will be supported on Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K (2017), and the latest Apple TV 4K (2021). Look for the software update in the settings menu of your Apple TV device starting next week.
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