tvOS 16 Overview Updated June 13, 2022

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

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April 2022 - July 2022

tvOS-16

Apple previewed tvOS 16 during the WWDC 2022 keynote. This is Apple TV and HomePod’s upcoming operating system, which will be available to all users later this fall. Here’s everything we know about Apple’s future tvOS update.

New features in tvOS 16

Just like tvOS 15, Apple didn’t say a word about tvOS 16 during the WWDC 2022 keynote. Even though, there are some new features coming with this future release. Here’s what you need to know about it:

  • Nintendo Switch controllers compatibility: tvOS 16 will finally support Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. We feature this story here at 9to5Mac. Apple says “many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers are supported by the Game Controller.”
  • HDR10+ support: The latest generation of high-dynamic-range technology is now supported in the Apple TV app.
  • Video-forward featuring on the Apple TV+ tab: Rich video previews at the top of the Apple TV+ tab help users discover their next favorite Apple Original.
  • Apple Fitness+: With tvOS 16, at key moments in the workout, Intensity Metrics are called out and will appear on the screen for motivation. The intensities are Easy, Moderate, Hard, and All Out.

In a future update, tvOS 16 will be the smart home hub for Matter-compatible products. Apple explains:

Matter will allow you to choose from even more compatible smart home accessories and control them with the Home app and Siri on Apple devices. It will require the latest tvOS and an Apple TV or HomePod running as a home hub.

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 was announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. In July, Apple will release the public beta version of the operating system.

One interesting feature in this year’s operating system is that Apple will finally make a public beta version of HomePod Software 16. As of now, the company didn’t release the first beta of the HomePod software, meaning we still don’t know what’s coming next with this operating system.

tvOS 16 Stories Today

A couple of weeks since the second beta of tvOS 16 was released, Apple is now seeding its third version. Although the company almost forgot about the Apple TV operating system during the WWDC 2022 keynote, there are some features users should be excited about when it launches later this fall.

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tvOS 16 Stories June 22

A couple of weeks since the first beta of tvOS 16 was released, Apple is now seeding its second version. Although the company almost forgot about the Apple TV operating system during the WWDC 2022 keynote, there are some features users should be excited about when it launches later this fall.

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tvOS 16 Stories June 16

Last week, Apple previewed during the WWDC 2022 keynote its 2022 software updates: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura, and tvOS 16. All of these operating system updates will be available a few months from now. Which of them are you most excited to try?

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tvOS 16 Stories June 7

Do you remember tvOS 16? Apparently, neither does Apple. The company talked during the WWDC 2022 keynote all about iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, and watchOS 9, but not a single word about tvOS 16. OK, you might have heard about new “Home” features, but, once again, Apple completely forgot about the Apple TV and HomePod’s operating system. Luckily, we have not.

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tvOS 16 Stories May 29

WWDC 2022 will start a few days from now on June 6. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in his latest Power On newsletter, gives some additional tidbits regarding iOS 16 and tvOS 16.

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Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 will start a few days 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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