Apps International Space Station 4k screensaver

Published on September 17th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


International Space Station 4K screensavers now on Apple TV

One of the more instantly cool features of today’s tvOS 12 release comes in the form of a silent, stunning view of our planet. Apple has added daytime and nighttime views of the Earth, captured in 4K detail from aboard the International Space Station.

Breaking from the more customary landscapes and city views provided by Apple, the new aerial screensavers pass over the planet, providing imagery that’s certain to provide a wow-factor the first few times you view them.

This evening we’ve been treated to views of the Pacific Ocean as we head towards America, and a particularly striking nighttime journey over Mongolia and Siberia.

International Space Station 4k screensaver

Trust us when we say the screen captures don’t really do these videos justice. You really should check them out on your Apple TV, and it’s pretty easy to do once you’ve updated to tvOS 12.

Simply launch the Settings app and go to General > Screen Saver > Type > Aerial. If you then click on Preview you’ll be able to see all the available screen savers. If an ISS aerial view isn’t the first to appear, simply swipe left or right on your Siri Remote until you see the curvature of the Earth. The text overlays that are part of the tvOS 12 update will let you know what you’re seeing.

Then, just sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of the planet. Sure beats screensavers of city traffic, if you ask me.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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