Apple debuts tvOS 14 with HomeKit Video picture-in-picture, better multi-user support
Apple has debuted tvOS 14 at WWDC, with new features focusing on HomeKit, content viewing, and multi-user updates.
At Apple's virtual WWDC Keynote, Cindy Lin, Director and Program Manager for Media Products Engineering, has announced tvOS 14. Beyond just bug eradication, Apple has added a number of new features to the set-top box operating system.
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New tvOS 14 Features
- Multiuser for games
- Better PiP support
- Camera feeds on TV
- Photos app with AirPlay in 4K
- New game controller support
- Audio Sharing on Apple TV
When Apple first revealed the fourth-generation Apple TV, they promised that "the future of TV is Apps." While that hasn't exactly taken hold, Apple does offer many of their first-party apps on the platform. With the release of tvOS 14, more features from Apple's first-party apps make their way to the TV.
HomeKit enabled cameras will now show up in the Home View, now located in control center. If someone rings a HomeKit enabled doorbell, the camera feed will show up in a picture-in-picture window.
Switching between user accounts will now let you resume games in Apple Arcade right from where you left off. When you switch users from Control Center, current saves and Game Center data will populate in the Apple Arcade app.
Apple has expanded picture-in-picture support across the OS. Now you can use fitness apps while watching live tv, or even use PiP with an AirPlayed video.
AirPlay also got an update so that users sharing their 4K video to a 4K TV will see their video in full resolution.