Apple TV 4K delivers highest quality cinematic experience with tvOS 12

Apple today previewed tvOS 12, the powerful operating system designed for enjoying entertainment on the big screen, which takes the cinematic experience of Apple TV 4K to the next level with support for Dolby Atmos audio, convenient new features to easily access the shows and movies you love and breathtaking aerials shot from space.

Apple TV 4K has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers the largest collection of 4K HDR movies, including free 4K HDR upgrades to previously purchased movies in customers’ iTunes libraries. This fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and these titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free. With tvOS 12, Apple TV 4K will be the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified, delivering the highest quality cinematic experience of stunning 4K HDR visuals and immersive sound that flows all around in three-dimensional space.

Video providers around the world are choosing Apple TV 4K to deliver their subscription services to customers. Apple today announced that Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the US, will begin offering Apple TV 4K to their customers. Later this year, customers in nearly 50 million households will have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs via an all-new Spectrum TV app on their Apple TV 4K, iPhone and iPad, seamlessly integrated with Siri and the Apple TV App. In addition, as part of this collaboration, Charter will be offering iPhone and iPad to customers as they grow their mobile presence. Charter joins AT&T’s DirecTV Now in the US, CANAL+ in France and Salt in Switzerland, which have begun offering their customers Apple TV 4K with their services.

Apple’s tvOS 12 takes the cinematic experience of Apple TV 4K to the next level — making it the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified.
Apple’s tvOS 12 takes the cinematic experience of Apple TV 4K to the next level — making it the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified.

The Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is the single destination to find and watch TV shows and movies from more than 100 participating video apps in 10 countries. Single sign-on for Apple TV and iOS has allowed users to sign in once to get access to all the video apps available through their cable subscription. With tvOS 12, Apple further simplifies the authentication process with zero sign-on. Apple TV simply detects the user’s broadband network and automatically signs them in to all the supported apps they receive through their subscription — no typing required. Zero sign-on begins with Charter later this year and will expand to other providers over time.

Aerial screensavers are a favorite of Apple TV users and reach new heights with tvOS 12. Apple, in collaboration with the International Space Station National Lab and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, unveiled brand new aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts, so Apple TV customers can enjoy even more stunning scenes filmed in 4K HDR. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of beautiful aerials.

Additional tvOS 12 features for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation make it even easier for customers to access the shows and movies they love:

• With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to easily sign in to Apple TV apps.

• The Apple TV Remote will be automatically added to Control Center on iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users, giving users quick access to Apple TV controls.

• Home control systems like Control4, Crestron and Savant can be used to control Apple TV, including using Siri for voice search and control.


The tvOS developer preview is available for Apple Developer Program members at starting today. The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. For more information, visit Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Certainly, Dolby Atmos, was a highly requested feature. It’s very nteresting, and probabaly very good for Apple TV sales and unit share now that Charter will begin offering Apple TV 4K to their customers! Charter will also offer iPhones and iPads which is more good news. The all-new Spectrum TV app is also an important development. We hope the new zero sign-on quickly grows beyond Charter to other providers.


    1. Since when do cable companies care about user experience? One marketing gimmick doesn’t indicate a trend. There is zero incentive for them to rely on Apple. Apple may be the worst business partner in business computing today. Every cable company would want a usable remote and Jony would not be able to deliver.

  1. I haven’t seen the keynote yet, but Atmos inclusion is a fantastic addition that folks have been waiting on. But how about single sign on for Verizon Fios??? Please work with Verizon to fix that gap.

  2. Atmos requires at least 6 speakers. Some people opt for a TV soundbar that bounces the sound off the walls and ceiling but that is a worse solution compared to having properly placed direct speakers. Then you can minimize annoying people in adjacent rooms and much better control room harmonic distortions. But then most people don’t actually care that much about high quality sound anymore, they’ve been conditioned by garbage portable audio.

    Interesting that Apple finally joined the fray in home theater audio tech, at a time when every other Apple product seems specifically designed to not work with any other products that you already own.

    1. 6 speakers? Are you not counting the center channel for voice?

      But yes, us A/V folks are excited – now the debate is can it be bitstream or will it be lossy.

  3. All I want is the abitlity to edit metadata on the app ‘movies’. Apple’s movie genre is insane, for example, Nolan’s Batman are divided into different genres. As a collector, this keep me away from buying more movies. I can do it on iTunes on my library, but not on 4K movies on Apple TV. There should be a way to do this.

  4. Do I understand correctly, that the current Apple tv 4k will be totally supported with tvOS 12. I have been thinking about upgrading from 4th gen to 4k. Hate to buy and then find out they update the 4k prior to tvOS 12. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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