tvOS 13: Key Features and Release Date

tvOS 13: Key Features and Release Date
tvOS 13: Key Features and Release Date

Apple, in its press release on Monday in the wake of tvOS 13 announcement during the WWDC 2019 keynote, explained that “tvOS 13 powers the most personal cinematic experience ever.” Launching this fall, it is coming as the next-gen version of the software running on the Apple TV, a digital media player and micro-console, manufactured and sold by the California-based company.

The fourth- and fifth-gen Apple TVs are powered by an OS, known as tvOS, built from scratch with a view to providing you with an easy-to-navigate, seamless television watching experience. The operating system is created to put content front and center, and this achieved using a familiar app-centric design, controlled in 2 ways — the touch-based remote as well as Siri voice commands.

The latest software update, tvOS 13, makes Apple TV 4K the most personalized and simplest to use entertainment device that allows you to enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, photos, music, games as well as apps on the biggest screen in your home. With the latest tvOS 13 version, Apple TV 4K offers you an immersive new Home screen; in addition to other powerful features, such as multi-user support for you to get access to your own television shows, movies, music, and recommendations. Others include support for Apple Arcade; new 4K HDR screen savers that are filmed under the sea; and expanded game controller support.

Let’s dive deep into exploring these features and capabilities of tvOS 13.

tvOS 13 — Key Features Explained

tvOS 13 is one of the key software updates Apple made during its WWDC keynote a couple of days ago. During the software announcement on Monday, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak said: “tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment. With more personalized features to enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”

tvOS has a full App Store on which you can download various apps and games for use on the Apple TV, and there many built-in apps. This operating system works much like iOS. Here are some built-in apps on tvOS: Photos (through which you can gain access to your Photo Library on the Apple TV), Apple Music, Podcasts as well as Apple TV, which is an application that has the capability for aggregating TV & movie content from a wide array of different sources.

Also, Apple TV app offers you Channels that enables you to subscribe to and watch content from various services without the need to launch a 3rd-party app. And this fall, you will be able to enjoy Apple TV+ in the new software update.

Let’s now discuss the features of tvOS 13 in detail:

Multi-User Support

If you have always wanted to enjoy more personalized offerings on Apple TV, on the new Apple TV Control Center, you can now easily switch between your family members. This ensures that everyone gets their own personalized TV entertainment experience. Users can view their unique Up Next list, and they will also receive TV and movie recommendations that suit their needs and tastes. The new Control Center brings you quick access to essential Apple TV features, such as audio routing and system sleep.

New Home Screen Features

Thanks to a new Home screen designed for discovery, you would find Apple TV 4K even more engaging. Apps now have the ability to play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, allowing you to instantly enjoy thrilling new television shows, movies, music as well as games.

Apple Arcade

 Apple Arcade is one of the exciting offerings you can look forward in Apple TV 4K this fall. A family of six, with a single subscription, can enjoy unlimited access to more than 100 new & exclusive games, all of which contain zero ads or any extra purchases. And the bulk of these games will be designed with support for game controllers. Apart from these, you’ll be able to revel in playing Apple Arcade games across multiple platforms on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac as well as Apple TV.

Apple Music: tvOS 13

features Apple Music with a number of It exploits multi-user support, enabling every user in your home to play their own personalized playlists and recommendations, easily. Further, in the new Control Center, users can have instant access to the song currently playing. Users can also follow along to on-screen lyrics that are timed to work in sync with their favorite songs.

All-New Apple TV App

tvOS 13 comes with a brand new Apple TV app, incorporating various means you can use to find and watch TV shows & movies into one robust solution. The Apple TV app features channels on Apple TV, curated via personalized recommendations, coupled with 100,000+ iTunes movies and TV shows, in addition to the most extensive collection of 4K HDR titles you can browse, purchase or rent. Apple’s original video subscription service, Apple TV+, slated for release this fall, is coming to the Apple TV app. The app is equally offered on other Apple devices as well as some 3rd-party platforms.

Xbox & PlayStation Game Controllers

The new Apple TV operating system has support for the best and most popularly used game controllers on the planet (Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth as well as PlayStation DualShock 4). This capability makes it even easier for users that love gaming to take advantage of the Apple Arcade option, in addition to other excellent games on the App Store.

Newly Designed Screen Savers

The company is introducing new content in its captivating collection of 4K HDR (high dynamic range) screen savers, which are available on Apple TV 4K and allow you to explore stunning under-the-sea scenes. You would love “Blue Planet” — filmed by an Apple team in partnership with the Natural History Unit of the BBC — contains immersive videos that are recorded from the depths of oceans across the globe, showcasing spectacular creatures and scenes.

tvOS 13 — Availability

On Monday, Apple released the tvOS developer preview for members of its Developer Program at A public beta program has been scheduled to start in July for tvOS users at You will be able to download tvOS 13 as a free software update for Apple TV 4K & Apple TV HD this fall.


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