Update for Apple TV 4K and tvOS (WWDC 2018)

At the opening keynote for WWDC 2018 in San Jose, Apple not only has the new versions of iOS, WATCH and macOS and their outstanding features, but also news about Apple TV 4K and tvOS. In this message I have summarized the individual innovations and current figures for you, so that you know what Dolby Atmos, Zero Sign-Up, Aerials and the new remote control options are.

This year's June keynote at the start of WWDC 2018 in San Jose brought something new to Apple TV 4K and tvOS. Details can be found here!
This year's June keynote at the start of WWDC 2018 in San Jose brought something new to Apple TV 4K and tvOS. Details can be found here!

iTunes offers the largest 4K HDR selection

According to the statements at the opening event of Apple WWDC 2018, iTunes for Mac, iPhone and of course Apple TV delivers most 4K films in UHD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Where other streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime “only” offer 1080p Full HD or 2K or have fewer 4K titles in their range, the Apple range continues to grow. However, these services are also offered for streaming on Apple devices in order to be able to use the full range. By the way, since Apple TV 4K was introduced last September, there has been a 50 percent growth in this area at Apple.

Apple TV now also with DOLBY ATMOS

“Dolby Atmos is a proprietary surround sound technology that was introduced by Dolby Laboratories in April 2012,” one can say at Wikipedia read. To put it simply, the technology ensures that the viewer is enveloped in the sound world of the scene on the screen. By individually assigning up to 128 audio tracks to individual playback points, this is even better than with Dolby 5.1 or Dolby 7.1 Immersion of the viewer in the film, series or gaming experience. And that's exactly what will now be possible in the future with Apple TV and tvOS (assuming you have an appropriate sound system). The update will be free for existing users.

Better integration of cable content through "Zero Sign-Up"

A number of television channels can be streamed via Apple TV and the ever-growing range already includes over 100 channels for live sports and live news (at least in the USA). The integration of individual cable content has already been simplified in the past by assigning access rights with "Single Sign-Up" only once for all current and future booked offers. "Zero Sign-Up" should now work in a similar but even easier way. Since data must of course also be made available in advance for this, Apple explicitly emphasized data protection.

Exclusive cable cooperations in the USA and Europe

Another news about Apple TV at the launchKeynote for WWDC 2018 in San Jose was that there will soon be new content for users in the USA, France and Switzerland. As an exclusive streaming partner on smart TV devices, the box is allowed to stand out Cupertino present for these three offers:

  • United States: Charter Spectrum
  • France: Canal +
  • Switzerland: Salt.

Remote control in the control center and new aerials / aerial features

With iOS 11 last year, that became control center introduced, which allows easier access to individual functions and options of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In the future there will also be the "Apple TV Remote", i.e. the virtual remote control for the TV box from Cupertino, in the feature overview. This makes it much easier and faster to activate, pause or end content.

A few new features have also been announced for “Aerials”, the aerial photography library that can be played on Apple TV with tvOS; for example as a screen saver or to accompany music playback. In the future, it will be possible to call up the location details of the aerial photographs to see where which aerial was taken. There will also be a completely new offer: Aerials from the ISS - images of the earth from orbit; of course in 4K UHD with HDR technology.

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11 comments on “Apple TV 4K and tvOS update (WWDC 2018)”

  1. Hi Jens,
    Got my AppleTV 4K yesterday. After I set it up (works great with the iPhone) and got used to the new FB, I got problems with the resolution 4K HDR 60 Hz or 4K HDR 50 Hz during a test. Apple TV 4K can't do that, my TV can, according to Techdata from Sony, my TV. First I took out my HDMI switch and connected the AppleTV directly to HDMI 1 on the TV. Now, although a picture came not in HDR but SDR. The HDMI cable I bought from Amazon is suitable for 4K according to the specification (HDMI 2.0b). Now I am at a loss. Do I need a special HDMI switch and a special HDMI cable? If so, can I get it on Amazon?

    1. Hello Horst! As far as I could read, you have to set something in the Apple TV for 4K playback: Two ticks must be set for Adapt dynamic range and frame rate. So it is in the Apple support post. Your HDMI 2.0b cable shouldn't be the problem. That can certainly be 4K. I hope the settings work!

      1. Hi Jens,
        My AppleTV 4K and my TV can do 4K SDR(!), but my TV doesn't seem to be able to do 4K HDR. Tomorrow connect AppleTV 4K to HDMI 2 instead of HDMI 1 of the TV. Thanks to you I was able to locate the two settings now. Were both on. Have since replaced my HDMI cables and switch with others found on Amazon. When switching on the AppleTV, it immediately showed that Dolby Atmos and HDR10 are also available with the appropriate soundbar.
        In any case, thanks to you, I can now look through better and have also found the corresponding support page from Apple.
        Apple TV 4K is far better than my old Apple TV 2 and reacts quickly and precisely thanks to WiFi ac.

        1. Hello Horst! Class! Could you perhaps briefly name the two products you ordered? So the HDMI cable and the HDMI switch? That would surely help other readers who have the same problem. I'll make a contribution out of all the information! : D Thanks to you!

          1. Hi Jens,
            I just connected my Apple TV 4 to HDMI 2 on my TV. This was a recommendation from the website https://support.apple.com/de-de/HT208074that was displayed on my Apple TV 4. Now I have 4K HDR on my Apple TV 4 and my 4K Sony TV.
            Now the exact description of the products that I ordered from Amazon:


          2. Thanks for the additions! That certainly helps with the selection! I have removed the prices because they cannot be adjusted automatically. Before something is wrong, we'd better leave it out ... LG! Jens

  2. Hi Jens,
    I used my IPhone Xs to record a 4K video (*.mp4) of my racing game GRID2019, which ran in 4K on my monitor. On my IPhone Xs I set “4K (60 fps)” under settings/camera/record video. Then I copied the video from IPhone Xs to my PC with AnyTrans. With “Open with ITunes” I integrated the video into ITunes. It is there under “My Videos”. On my WiFi-connected Apple TV 4K, I can also see it under My Videos. The video (approx. 8GB) is loaded and started. Unfortunately I can only hear the sound but the screen remains black. The video can be started and played in iTunes on the PC. My Apple TV 4K is set to 4K 50Hz.
    Do you have any idea ?

  3. Hi Jens,
    Thank you for your prompt reply. Unfortunately I only got to try it out today. I tested it at 24 and 30 fps. At 24 fps there was neither picture nor sound. At 30 fps the sound came out briefly and then nothing at all. I'll borrow or buy a 4K film from Apple. Then get in touch.
    For now, thank you again. Wish you and your family a nice weekend.
    By the way, the screen bar is just great. Only use the screen bar on the PC in the evening.
    Greeting Horst

    1. Hello Horst! It's a shame, then the 30 fps didn't help at first. :( At least the screen bar was a good tip!: D I love mine too ... is simply top lighting for computers.

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