During today’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple spent some time outlining what Apple TV users can expect when the platform’s next major update launches later this year. Known as tvOS 14, the operating system upgrade will add platform-wide picture-in-picture support, deeper HomeKit integration, and gaming-friendly features.
The platform-wide picture-in-picture feature is fairly self-explanatory. You’ll be able to view live or on-demand video content in a window while using another app on your Apple TV. For example, you could potentially keep an eye on live sports while playing a game. You can also view AirPlay content in a window while watching something else on your Apple TV.
Speaking of games, tvOS 14 also includes expanded Xbox controller support (adding the Elite 2 and Adaptive controllers) and multiple-user features in Apple Arcade titles. That means, for example, different users can sign in and pick up games from where they last left off.
On the HomeKit side, Apple is adding the Home app to Apple TV, meaning you can use your streaming device for some smart home and security functions, like viewing camera feeds from around the house or getting picture-in-picture alerts when someone’s at the door. Facial-recognition features can also let you know who’s knocking.
Developers can get a first look at beta versions of tvOS and Apple’s other new operating system updates this week, as WWDC kicks off, and consumers can expect official releases in the fall.
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Philip has spent most of the past two decades as a journalist and photographer. Before joining the team at Cord Cutters News, he worked for Engadget and Reviews.com. Philip cut the cord years ago and hasn't looked back since.