WWDC 2018: Apple previews tvOS 12, watchOS 5 and adds communication features
The new tvOS will be available this autumn as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. Apple has also seen a preview of watchOS 5, an update to the watch that will help users stay healthy and connected.
To take Apple TV 4K’s cinematic experience to the next level in support of Dolby Atmos, Apple has previewed tvOS 12, a new operating system designed to enjoy entertainment on the big screen. TVOS Developer Preview is now available to members of the Apple Developer Program. The new tvOS will be available this autumn as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. With tvOS 12, Apple TV 4K will become the only streaming player with which both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will be certified and provide high quality cinematic experience.
The company claims that Apple TV offers the largest collection of 4K HDR movies to 4K customers, including free 4K HDR upgrades to movies previously purchased in customers’ iTunes library. Apple has announced that it will have the largest collection of Dolby Atoms-supported movies on iTunes this fall.
The company also announced that Charter Communications, the second largest cable operator in the United States, will begin offering Apple TV 4K to its customers. The iPhone maker says that by the end of this year, nearly 50 million household subscribers will have access to a number of live channels and on-demand programs on their Apple TV 4K, a new spectrum TV app on the iPhone and iPad, the Siri and Apple TV apps.
In addition, as part of this collaboration, Charter will offer customers iPhone and iPad as their mobile presence grows, Apple said. With tvOS 12, Apple has made the authentication process easier with zero sign-on.
“Apple TV simply detects users’ broadband networks and automatically signs them in to all supported apps received through their subscriptions – no typing required. Zero sign-on began with a charter later this year and will be extended to other providers over time, ”the company said.
With iOS 12, users can easily autofill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to sign in to the Apple TV app. Apple TV Remote will automatically add to the control center of iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users, giving users quick access to Apple TV controls.
Apple has also seen a preview of watchOS 5, an update to the watch that will help users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch 5 is a powerful companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with many new features, including activity sharing competition, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, walkie-talkie, Apple Podcast and third party app Siri Watch Face. The company said.
“Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, improve their fitness and, in many cases, identify life-threatening situations. With the launch of watchOS 5, we are excited to introduce new activity and connectivity features that will take the watch to a whole new level, “added Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer.
watchOS 5 now enables users to invite other Apple Watch users to compete in the seven-day activity competition, earning coaching notifications to help them earn points to close the activity ring, stay busy and win the week.
Not only that, the auto-workout detection provides a warning to start the right workout and gives previous credit. WatchOS 5 also offers high-performance features for running enthusiasts, including a new cadence (step per minute) metric for indoor and outdoor runs and walks, as well as a new pace alarm for outdoor runs that alerts users if they are behind or ahead. Target speed. The update also brings walkie-talkie, a new way to communicate with voice and a tap on the wrist. This new watch-to-clock connection is fast, personal, and can be activated across any compatible Apple Watch users worldwide via Wi-Fi or cellular.
Apple has also unveiled a new watch face to celebrate the pride, which Apple Watch users can download from the Apple Watch app’s Face Gallery. The Pride Edition knitted nylon band has been updated with a new rainbow stripe and is being donated to several LGBTQ advocacy organizations.
watchOS 5 will be available this autumn as a free update for the Apple Watch Series 1 and later, and iOS 12 requires the iPhone 5s or later. watchOS 5 will not be available on the original Apple Watch. The Pride Watch Face is available to add to the watch from the Apple Watch app’s Face Gallery on the iPhone and requires iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1. The new Pride Edition knitted nylon band is available today at the Apple Online Store and will be available at the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers this weekend. In India, the Pride Edition woven nylon band starts at 3, 3,900