Along with iPadOS 13.1, tvOS 13 is now available to all users and brings a handful of changes and improvements. Take a look at the top new features with the latest release of Apple TV software, including the new Home screen, multi-user support, Apple Arcade, new screensavers, and more.
Apple announced TVOS 13 at WWDC back in June and offered the beta to developers and the public throughout the summer. While the Apple TV operating system did not see a lot of stage time during the WWDC keynote, there are a few changes and improvements that offer better experience.
TVOS 13 needs an Apple TV 4 K or an Apple TV HD (4th-gen). Head to Settings > Software Updates > Update Software on your Apple TV. The legacy 3rd-gen Apple TV has also been updated to version 8.4.3.
Now that TVOS 13 is available to all users, here’s a look at the top features of the latest software:
New Home Screen
Apple has redesigned the Home screen with a focus on discovery on TVOS 13. One example is that apps now have the ability to play full-screen previews on the Home screen for a more seamless experience enjoying movies, TV shows, games, and music.
TVOS 13 adds multi-user help to the Apple TV Control Center that enables family members to easily switch between their personalized user accounts. This will include a unique Up Next list and suggestions for movies and TV.
In addition to multi-user help, Apple Music will provide users with custom playlists and suggestions on Apple TV. The new Apple TV Control Center also includes access to on-screen lyrics and a currently played interface.
A $5/month Apple Arcade subscription provides families up to six people unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, with no ads or in-app purchases. Apple claims that many of the titles will provide assistance for game controllers. Apple Arcade is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
Xbox and PlayStation game controllers
Alongside iOS 13, which has the same support, tvOS 13 now also operates with two of the major options, the Bluetooth Xbox Wireless Controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4.
New Screen Servers
Here’s how Apple describes the new underwater screen saver: