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Apple TV to see improvements with forthcoming software update

A version of the HBO Max app running on an Apple TV device.
A version of the HBO Max app running on an Apple TV device. (Images courtesy Warner Bros. Discovery/Apple, Inc.; Graphic by The Desk)

Apple’s streaming television hardware will see a number of minor improvements when a new version of the gadget’s operating software is released later this year.

At a developer’s conference on Monday, Apple executives said the Apple TV will soon allow for greater engagement on other Apple products like iPhones and iPad tablets when viewers are streaming content on their television sets.

The integration would allow users to stream content from a video app while using the same app on their phone to chat with users, among other use cases. It could also allow for motion-tracking hardware in gadgets like the Apple Watch and iPhone to offer more-tailored exercises on workout apps like Apple Fitness.

Apple TV will also support more third-party game controllers, including Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller, and will offer HDR10+ support for better video quality on supported apps.

The updated operating system software, called tvOS 16, will also improve Apple TV’s multi-user feature, allowing multiple individuals in a household to use the hardware with separate streaming credentials.

Apple will release a beta of tvOS 16 next month, with the finalized version available to the general public in the fall.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).