Finally, the tvOS 16 stable update is available to all users after three months of beta testing. The new tvOS 16 is enabled on Apple TV and HomePod. Apple TV and HomePod owners can use these new features. And for the first time ever, Apple has released a public beta of HomePod Software 16. You can find out all about it here.
What is tvOS?
tvOS is one of the operating systems for Apple TV. It plays on the fourth generation or later of Apple TV’s digital media players. The main function of tvOS is to run and optimize the app for the Apple TV interface. The App Store is the main feature to separate tvOS from older Apple TV software. Apple has now released a new version of tvos which is the name tvOS 16.
How to Use tvOS?
If you want to use tvOS, on your Siri remote, press and hold the TV button. Then, you can control or access the audio, video, live streaming, play games, and other features on your Apple TV.
What’s New in tvOS 16?
The latest build is 2A932 and Here’s what’s new in tvOS 16
- Compatibility with Nintendo Switch controllers
- Support HDR10+
- Video-forwarding in Apple TV+ Tab
- Apple Fitness+
- Support multiple languages
- Using the buddy controller
- A spatial audio feature that can be customized
- My Sports
- Hover Text
Compatibility with Nintendo Switch controllers
With tvOS 16, Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers will now be supported. In tvOS 16, Apple introduced a wide range of Bluetooth and USB game controllers that are supported by the Game Controller.
Now the Apple TV app will support the latest generation of high dynamic range technology.
Video-forwarding in Apple TV+ Tab
Discovering their next Apple Original is easy with rich video previews at the top of the Apple TV+ tab.
The Intensity Metrics will appear on the screen for motivation during key points of the workout with tvOS 16. There are four intensity levels: Easy, Moderate, Hard, and All Out.
The latest version of tvOS features some new features and enhancements. In some countries or regions, certain features and content are not available.
Support multiple languages
With multiple languages available on Apple TV, you can change the language displayed on the screen when entering text using the onscreen keyboard. You can change the language or region format on Apple TV by going to the Settings menu.
Using the buddy controller
Combining two game controllers for single-player play on Apple TV allows you to play games with a friend. Apple TV’s controls can be adjusted according to your preferences.
A spatial audio feature that can be customized
When you use AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max with Apple TV, you can create a Spatial Audio profile that improves the sound. See Access Spatial Audio and noise controls for AirPods on Apple TV 4K.
If you want to follow your teams on Apple TV and Apple News as well as other Apple apps on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, turn on My Sports in the Apple TV app. Apple TV has an app for Sports.
Hover Text (accessibility feature)
Hover Text allows you to see enlarged text for items you select on Apple TV when you hover over them.
When Can You Download tvOS 16?
Apple Announced on 6 June, tvOS 16 will be it became available starting September 12. At this time Apple makes releases only beta versions of tvOS available for developers to test. This Update is installed easily in all Apple Products but is only Difficult in Apple TV HD (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K. Apple offers two options for updating tvOS,
- Simple Way: This just updates the system.
- via USB-C: which restores the device to its factory settings.
How to Install tvOS 16 Public beta In your Apple Products?
If you are using an older version of Apple TV and Homepod, you can now update to tvOS 16 betas on your device. For that follow these steps,
How to install tvOS 16 Public betas on Apple TV?
- Go to “Settings App”.
- Click on “System Menu”.
- Check out Software Updates.
- Turn on the getting Beta Updates Option.
How to install tvOS 16 Public betas on Homepod?
- Open Home App on Your iPhone/iPad.
- Click on the *_* button which is placed in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click on “Home Settings”.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Go to the HomePod Beta Updates menu.
- Switch on the toggles for installing the beta on your HomePod.
tvOS 16 compatible devices
All Apple TVs and HomePod that support tvOS 15 will likely keep supporting tvOS 16. Here are them:
- Apple TV HD
- Apple TV 4K or later
- HomePod mini
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