tvOS 12 Released; date and features

tvOS 12 Released

tvOS is the operating system that runs on the fourth-gen and later models of the Apple TV. It's the Apple TV's equivalent of iOS on the iPhone or macOS on the Mac; it manages the apps you can install on the device and offers various features of its own.
Each version of tvOS is numbered to match the version of iOS it's based on, so the update launched in autumn 2017 (on 19 September) was named tvOS 11, even though it was only the third full release. We're now looking ahead to 2018's update, which will be called tvOS 12 and was announced at WWDC 2018 on 4 June.
In this article, which will be updated regularly, we will round up all the rumours, clues, hints and leaks regarding new features coming to tvOS 12 and the Apple TV, as well as which models of the Apple TV will be able to run it, and much more.

Release date
Apple follows a predictable pattern with its OS updates, so we can state with reasonable confidence that tvOS 12, alongside iOS 12, macOS 10.14 and watchOS 5 will be available in September 2018, although there is a possibillity of an October launch. This will be followed by smaller point updates - tvOS 12.0.1 and so on - through the following 12 months, each of these preceded by a beta version.
Apple said it will offer the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere. The company claimed it will be "the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified"
The Dolby Atmos 3D surround-sound technology has been around for a while (you might have experienced it in a cinema), but it's only now becoming something you can enjoy in the home. Netflix has offered some Dolby Atmos content since June 2017, although not all devices are capable of handling it.
This "more immersive sound," as Apple describes it, will be added for free to films in your iTunes library where available.

New screensavers
You can expect to see some gorgeous new aerial screensavers of the planet earth that have been filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station.
The screensavers will be interactive - users will be able to see location details or swipe between the different screensavers.

Zero sign-in
To make signing in less of a chore, the Apple TV will detect your broadband network and sign you in automatically to any apps that come as part of your subscription package.
You’ll also be able to securely AutoFill passwords using an iPhone and iPad

Remote app

The Apple TV Remote app will be automatically added to Control Centre when you set up a new Apple TV.

Features for developers

Developers will also get their hands on new tools in tvOS 12 including:
TVUIKit - a new framework for common user interface items.
TVML - which will conditionally displaying elements via data binding.
Network Framework - making it easier to create network connections for sending and receiving data.
Apple is also warning developers about the following:

Removal of some APIs.

Deprecation of OpenGL ES - Apple is pushing developers to adopt Metal for games and graphics-intensive apps.


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