tvOS 11

Even Ap­ple’s video streamer and games box gets some at­ten­tion

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For a long time, Ama­zon’s Prime Video ser­vice has been a no­table omis­sion from Ap­ple TV. Many other con­tent providers have plugged their apps into the box’s TV app, which of­fers a sin­gle place to catch up on all your pro­grams. So, one of Ap­ple’s first an­nounce­ments at WWDC was… you guessed it, Ama­zon Prime Video is com­ing to Ap­ple TV later this year. That means you’ll no longer have to use AirPlay on your iPhone or iPad to send Ama­zon’s shows to a big­ger screen.

Ap­ple also dis­closed that the fourth-gen Ap­ple TV can work as an AirPlay 2 re­ceiver, so your tele­vi­sion’s speak­ers can be part of your mul­ti­room au­dio sys­tem.

If you own a pair of AirPods, it might please you to know that the man­ual pair­ing process for con­nect­ing them to Ap­ple TV is no longer nec­es­sary. The lit­tle black box joins the ranks of Macs and iOS de­vices in rec­og­niz­ing your head­phones when it and they are signed into the same iCloud ac­count, tak­ing away a small yet ir­ri­tat­ing has­sle.

Ad­di­tion­ally, for the first time tvOS will be part of Ap­ple’s pub­lic beta pro­gram this sum­mer. This in­volves up­dat­ing the soft­ware via a Mac over a USB-C ca­ble, us­ing iTunes.

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