tvOS 16 Overview Updated May 5, 2022

tvOS 16: New features, compatibility, release date, HomePod support

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tvOS 16

tvOS 16 is Apple TV and HomePod’s upcoming operating system. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s future tvOS update.

New features in tvOS 16

As of now, we don’t know what to expect from tvOS 16. Its internal name is Paris and the upcoming software update will likely feature more in-home capabilities and bring support to more languages as Apple keeps expanding the HomePod mini to more countries.

Device compatibility

All Apple TVs and HomePods that support tvOS 15 will likely keep supporting tvOS 16. Here are them:

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K or later
  • HomePod
  • HomePod mini

Release date: When will tvOS 16 come out?

tvOS 16 will likely be announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. The event will be online, although some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it’s released for all users around September, as the company has done over the past years. It’s also unlikely that all developers and public beta testers will be able to try HomePod Software Update 16 before its official release, as Apple keeps this beta for selected developers only.

tvOS 16 feature request

Although it’s not 100% related to tvOS 16, in 2020, 9to5Mac’s Parker Ortolani created a concept about an upcoming Apple TV Pro. Much of his ideas could be used in the upcoming operating system.

For Parker, Apple needs to revamp the Apple TV home screen as well as focus more on games:

A new tvOS interface needs to remain simple but should build on top of the existing feature set with things you don’t ordinarily find on smart TVs. It should keep its focus on actual content while downplaying the apps that are used for the actual streaming. In the top left, you can see a quick and persistent link to the TV app so you can jump to your watchlist.

(…) When you switch over to the “play” tab you can see all of your games and game services. You can see that any Apple TV app links turn into Arcade app links. The Arcade app on Apple TV currently only contains games downloaded from Apple Arcade, but there’s a clear opportunity to turn the Arcade app into a hub similar to the TV app.

The Arcade app could show you all of the games you are currently playing, much like the shows you are currently watching in the TV app. Each icon has a smaller icon that denotes which service the game is a part of so there’s no confusion for users. The top navigation also includes a tab for games sold through the App Store, games available on Apple Arcade, services that let you stream games over the web or locally like Xbox Game Pass or PS Remote Play, your library of purchased games, and of course Game Center for all of your friends and achievements. 

You can read his full concept here.

tvOS 16 Stories Yesterday

Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 will start a few weeks from now. On June 6, Apple will likely announce tvOS 16, which will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the Apple TV and HomePod. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for tvOS 16 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

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tvOS 16 Stories April 5

Apple has officially announced the dates for its annual WWDC event and keynote. This year, the event will take place entirely virtually from June 6 through June 10. This year at WWDC, we expect Apple to announce the future of its operating systems including iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Head below for all of the details on WWDC 2022.

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