Apple Releases tvOS 17.2 with Major Updates to the Apple TV App, 3D Movie Support, and More

Apple Releases tvOS 17.2 with Major Updates to the Apple TV App, 3D Movie Support, and More

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Apple has rolled out tvOS 17.2, the latest iteration of its operating system tailored for the Apple TV. This significant update introduces a slew of enhancements, ranging from design changes to novel features, reshaping the Apple TV experience. Let's delve into the key elements of this tech-packed release.

Key Features:

  • Redesigned Apple TV app: Improved navigation with a new sidebar, dedicated sections for different content types, and a unified "home" section for all shows, movies, and sports.
  • 3D movie support: Watch immersive 3D movies on the Apple Vision Pro headset (launching early 2024).
  • Improved SharePlay: Share your screen with friends and family while watching content on the Apple TV app. Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital surround sound formats are now available while watching something together with SharePlay.
  • Discontinued iTunes Movies and TV Shows: Purchase and manage movies and TV shows directly from the Apple TV app.
  • Integration with Vision Pro: Set up and control the Vision Pro headset directly from the Apple TV.
  • HomePod software update: Improved performance and stability for HomePod devices.

Additional Details:

  • The redesigned Apple TV app features a sidebar with dedicated sections for Search, Watch Now, Apple TV+, Sports, Store, Library, and Channels & Apps.
  • The "My TV" section has been replaced with a new "Home" section that provides a unified view of your favorite content across different apps.
  • The update also introduces a new search interface on the homescreen and compatible apps, accessible with a light press of the Siri button.
  • Apple has discontinued the ability to purchase and manage movies and TV shows from the standalone iTunes Movies and TV Shows apps.
  • tvOS 17.2 can be downloaded now by going to Settings > System > Software Update on your Apple TV.

Enhancements to Apple TV App: Streamlining Content Interaction

tvOS 17.2 brings pivotal upgrades to the Apple TV app, positioning it as the central content hub on the device. The app now boasts a sidebar-centric navigation interface, streamlining user interaction and content discovery. With dedicated sections for Search, Watch Now, Apple TV+, Sports, Store, and Library, users can seamlessly navigate through a diverse array of content.

The update has also ushered in a significant design overhaul. A "Channels and Apps" area provides access to content from various streaming services, including ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, Hulu, ESPN, Discovery, Peacock, Prime Video, and more. The removal of the standalone iTunes Movies and TV Shows apps directs users to the Apple TV app for content purchases, streamlining the overall content acquisition and viewing process.

3D Movies for an Immersive Experience: A Glimpse into Apple Vision Pro

A standout addition to tvOS 17.2 is support for 3D movies, aligning with the much-anticipated launch of the Apple Vision Pro in early 2024. The presence of a new 3D logo on select movies in the iTunes Movie Store hints at Apple's preparation for a more immersive viewing experience. This strategic move positions Apple at the forefront of offering cutting-edge visual experiences.

HomePod Software 17.2

Simultaneously, Apple has updated the HomePod software to version 17.2, focusing on "performance and stability improvements." This aligns with Apple's commitment to delivering an integrated home entertainment ecosystem, seamlessly connecting Apple TV and HomePod for an enhanced audio-visual experience.

Navigating the Evolution of Apple TV

Apple's tvOS 17.2 update represents a significant step forward for the Apple TV platform. The redesigned Apple TV app makes discovering and watching content easier than ever, while the addition of 3D movie support and integration with the Vision Pro headset opens up new possibilities for immersive entertainment. With its focus on user experience and innovation, tvOS 17.2 further solidifies the Apple TV's position as a leading home entertainment platform.

This update demonstrates Apple's commitment to providing users with the best possible experience. We can expect even more exciting features and functionality to come in future updates, making the Apple TV an essential part of any home entertainment setup.