In the latest announcement from the tech giant, Apple has unveiled tvOS 17, the newest update to its operating system for Apple TV. This announcement came as part of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which was held virtually this year.
Among the most notable features in the new update is the inclusion of FaceTime, marking the first time that Apple’s popular video calling platform will be available on Apple TV. This will allow users to make and receive FaceTime calls directly from their TV, bridging the gap between mobile and home entertainment experiences.
“Apple TV is an integral part of the Apple ecosystem, and with the addition of FaceTime, we’re making it even more versatile,” said Apple CEO in the announcement. “Now, whether you’re connecting with loved ones or attending virtual meetings, you can do it all from the comfort of your living room.”
The tvOS 17 also brings a new Control Center to the platform. The redesigned Control Center aims to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it easier for users to navigate their Apple TV and control their home automation devices.
In addition, the new Control Center offers quick access to key settings and features. This includes the ability to switch between different user profiles, control playback, and access other settings all from one place.
“tvOS 17 is all about making the Apple TV experience more seamless and enjoyable for our users,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With the new Control Center, we’re bringing all the key functionalities right at the fingertips of our users, making it easier than ever to control and customize their Apple TV.”
Further details about the rollout and availability of tvOS 17 will be announced later this year. For those eager to try the new features, Apple has stated that a developer beta version of tvOS 17 will be available immediately, with a public beta expected to follow in the coming weeks.
As Apple continues to innovate and expand its ecosystem, this latest update to tvOS signals the company’s commitment to providing a more connected and integrated user experience. Whether it’s connecting face-to-face via FaceTime or controlling your smart home devices from your TV, Apple is making it all possible with tvOS 17.