Apple TV could finally unlock its full potential this year

“The Apple TV hasn’t evolved much over the last couple of years. Sure, it’s gotten a handful of new apps, but the format—locked down, bland—has stayed the same since its 2010 redesign,” Micah Singleton reports for Gizmodo. “But while Apple didn’t talk about its set-top box much at its developer conference this month, it showed that it finally has the pieces in place to turn Apple TV into a living room behemoth.

“Continuity, Apple’s tagline for apps that can seamlessly sync between Mac and iOS, looks to be headed to the Apple TV, according to 9to5Mac,” Singleton reports. “What would that mean in practice? Imagine walking inside your home while playing a movie on your iPhone. With one tap, you can pick up where you left off on your Apple TV, without having to use AirPlay and without tying up your phone.”

“That same implementation could also be used for iTunes Radio, and could potentially work for notifications as well, showing you things like who is calling your phone on your Apple TV, so that you don’t have to dig into your pocket during an Archer marathon,” Singleton reports. “Continuity also allows for your Mac to use your iPhone as a hotspot without having to unlock your phone, which could be great for the Apple TV when you’re on the road.”

Read more, including info about HomeKit, Metal, third-party gaming controllers, and the possibilities for an Apple TV SDK and App Store, and more, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple TV installed base: 20 million units and counting.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Dan K.,” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

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