tvOS 13 – features, compatible devices and release date

Apple announced tvOS 13 at WWDC 2019. The latest update to Apple TV 4K’s operating system has a new rounded design, control center, multi-user support, Apple Music improvements, Apple Arcade, new screen savers and support for Xbox and PlayStation game controllers. Here is all you need to know about the features in tvOS 13.

tvOS 13 Home Screen

tvOS 13 Features

Home screen

The home screen in tvOS 13 has received a face lift. The design now seems more rounded. Icons are overplayed on top of full-screen video previews from apps and games. The design looks new but still familiar if you’ve already used Apple TV before. Apps can also display videos in picture-in-picture mode in tvOS 13 now.

Control Center with multi-user support

Similar to iOS, tvOS 13 also has a new control center now. This slide-out user interface support multi-user switching, search, playback controls, audio output and more. Multi-user account support means that users will get their own set of TV and movie recommendations in Up Next.

tvOS 13 Control Center

tvOS 13 Up Next

4K HDR Underwater Screensavers

Whether Apple adds new features or not to tvOS, they always add beautiful new screen savers. In collaboration with BBC, Apple has captured beautiful underwater footage in 4K HDR, which looks amazing on compatible displays.

tvOS 13 Screensavers 4K HDR

Controller support

Apple his adding support for Xbox and PlayStation game controllers to Apple TV with tvOS 13. This highlights the company’s preparation for Apple Arcade, its upcoming game subscription service which will launch this fall with 100+ games. Apple has also announced support for Xbox and PlayStation are controllers for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via iOS 13.

tvOS 13 Apple Arcade

tvOS 13 compatible Apple TVs

tvOS 13 will be available for both Apple TV fourth generation and Apple TV 4K models. So far, the only thing that separate these two Apple TV models is support for 4K and HDR in the latter, other than that, both are available for sale and are great purchases if you are into the Apple ecosystem.

tvOS 13 Release Date

Apple usually tests new operating systems as beta releases with developers and public beta testers for a few months. Expect tvOS 13 to be release to all users this fall, around September.

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