Apple today announced the rollout of new updates for all its four primary operating systems: iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. In addition to new software updates for its operating systems, the Cupertino-based company has finally made available the updated TV app that it showcased at its special event held in March.
iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.21, and macOS 10.14.5 Update Now Rolling Out
The new iOS 12.3 update brings support for AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and comes with Apple’s redesigned TV app. Additionally, the update includes the ability to follow a magazine from Apple News+ catalog browsing view, functionality improvements for Apple Music, and a few bug fixes. To install the latest iOS 12.3 update on your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Similar to iOS 12.3, the main highlight of the tvOS 12.3 update is also the new Apple TV application.
The new watchOS 5.2.1 update expands the ECG feature with irregular heartbeat notifications to five more countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, and Slovakia. Apple Watch users will also notice new rainbow-colored Pride watch faces after installing the new update. On the other hand, the macOS 10.14.5 update includes several bug fixes as well as performance improvements. Unlike the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 updates, however, the new software update for Macs does not come with the new Apple TV app.
New Apple TV App Now Available for Download in Over 100 Countries
The updated Apple TV app can now be downloaded on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.3 and Apple TV devices running tvOS 12.3. If you own a Mac device, you will need to wait slightly longer to be able to download the all-new Apple TV app. Apple expects the app to be available on Mac this fall. Apple’s original video subscription service, Apple TV+ is also expected to be available in the Apple TV app this fall.
Apple’s new TV app will let users directly subscribe to channels such as HBO, Starz, Epix, Smithsonian Channel, MTV Hits, and more from within the app. In addition to TV channels, users can access over 100,000 movies and TV series on iTunes. Apple claims it currently offers the largest collection of 4K HDR titles within the new TV app. In addition to Apple’s own devices, the new app also supports streaming to select Samsung Smart TVs using AirPlay 2. The same functionality will be available on some Vizio, LG, and Sony Smart TVs as well sometime later this year.