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Apple didn't mention tvOS 16 during the WWDC 2022 keynote, but it does exist and a has a few new handy features. Since Apple TV acts as the Home Hub, the biggest update will be for HomeKit and Matter support. Developer betas will run through the summer before the final release in the fall.

● HDR 10+ support
● Nintendo Joy-Con compatibility
● Matter support coming to HomeKit
● Launching fall 2022

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The Apple TV platform matured quickly after tvOS was introduced since it is a place meant for consuming content, not performing tasks. So, each successive update seemingly adds less and less each year.

The tvOS 16 update is so minimal, Apple didn't even mention it by name during the WWDC keynote. Not even the HomePod mini, which also runs a version of tvOS, was mentioned on stage.

However, that doesn't mean tvOS 16 is without any updates or changes. Apple managed to find a few areas of the operating system to improve despite its maturity as a platform.

Matter will launch in the fall of 2022 Matter will launch in the fall of 2022

Matter support is coming to HomeKit, and since the Apple TV and HomePod mini act as HomeKit hubs, tvOS 16 acts as an important part of the integration. More devices than ever will be able to be added to HomeKit homes, but support won't officially arrive until Matter launches in the fall.

Apple has baked in support for the latest HDR 10+ format. This means users can connect the Apple TV to a new television with HDR 10+ without needing a new set-top box.

Apple also added a new Remote Control app to iPhones running iOS 16. The app is opened when the Apple TV Remote button is tapped in Control Center. It is a full app that shows up in the app switcher despite not having an app icon in the App Library.

Nintendo controllers now work in tvOS 16 Nintendo controllers now work in tvOS 16, other new OS

Nintendo Switch controllers can now be used with Apple devices, and this includes the Apple TV. Connect a pair of Joy-Cons, the Pro Controller, or third-party controllers using the Switch protocol to your Apple TV running tvOS 16.

Small UI refinements appeared across tvOS 16 as well. The Apple TV app will show live previews of Apple TV+ shows when at the top of the TV+ tab, and people in a family will show up in the Control Center as suggested users.

The beta cycle is early yet, so more changes could be discovered as we near the tvOS 16 release in the fall. Other updates may include new screensavers and the new Game Center interface expected on iOS and iPadOS later in the year.

 

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