Published on June 1st, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner1
tvOS 12 wishlist: What we’re hoping Apple will announce at WWDC 2018
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off Monday at the 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT keynote live from San Jose, California, which can be seen in the comfort of your living room via your Apple TV.
WWDC focuses mainly on software, with plenty of talk about macOS, iOS, and even watchOS.
Of course, tvOS will get some love, too. We never know exactly what Apple has in store for us, but here’s a quick list of items we’d like to see discussed as we push towards tvOS 12.
- A better App Store – Finding apps and games directly on the Apple TV is a pain. Apple needs to make it easier to scroll through content by category and compare ratings, price, etc. In addition, they need to overhaul the iOS App Store to allow users to search/browse only for Apple TV-compatible apps.
- Dolby Atmos support – People have been clamoring for this since the unveiling of the Apple TV 4K, and Apple has been promising it for just as long. Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that creates a 3D aural experience with the right speakers in the home. We fully expect this to become reality and announced at WWDC.
- Picture-in-picture – This is a feature we’ve all come to know and love with our cable and satellite subscriptions. Bringing this ability to Apple TV could help ease the transition for cord-cutters and better integrate multiple feeds of live and recorded content.
- Better device-wide Siri functionality:
- Siri is good, but it could be so much better and Apple’s total lack of building on the smart speaker technology to compete with Amazon’s Alexa we believe has eaten into Apple TV interest and market share. So, how about the ability to use Siri on the iPhone or HomePod to control content like iTunes movies and TV shows on the Apple TV? You can already do this with music and podcasts. It’s time for Apple to expand the reach of Siri to find content everywhere and Apple TV should support them all.
- Here’s a simple idea…Have Siri on the HomePod play the latest episodes of your shows on Apple TV. We can hope.
- Netflix integration with the TV app – The Apple TV app is a great idea, but it has a long way to go if it wants to achieve its intended function of becoming your go-to place for all of your subscribed channels. The ability to subscribe to content from within the app is a good step, but why don’t we begin by finding and launching content from probably the most popular app on Apple TV, that being Netflix? It’s a start.
- SteamLink support – There’s no doubt in our mind that the ability to play Steam games on Apple TV would help sell the product. It’s likely too soon for Apple and Valve to have solved their conflicts with the app’s functionality, but announcing a resolution on stage would be a big moment and prove to everyone that if games are important to Apple they put ‘their money where their mouth is.’
- Energy savings – Not all TVs have adequate brightness controls. The ability to lower the TVs brightness level from within Apple TV would compensate, saving money and making nighttime viewing more comfortable. Is it technically possible? We’re told by experts it is. Let’s hope Apple sees it the same way.
- Apple TV Home app – Some of us prefer to have visual feedback/confirmation when issuing commands. In this case, having a tvOS Home app would be more comfortable to use than Siri.
- News app – Getting news on the TV is still more comfortable than trying to view it on the smaller iPhone screen. How about a tvOS News app that connects to the settings on the iPhone app, lets you automatically pick up where you left off, AND adds more video-related news content? It would be a great feature.
- Live TV guide – Sometimes we just want to sit down and see what’s on TV now. At such times, it would be great if the Apple TV app could list all of the live shows that are currently available on subscribed channels, not just sports.
- Multiple user support – This is really a no-brainer. Because entire families can have access to the Apple TV, the ability to make content available by a user would make it easier to get to the shows/games you want, and it would help parents control what their children can access. A simple account selection screen when launching Apple TV (much like Netflix does now) would suffice.
- Apple Watch Apple TV Remote app update – Unlike the Siri Remote or your iPhone, your Apple Watch is always available when you want to change channels or volume. The Apple Watch already has an Apple TV Remote app, but it needs an upgrade and some refinement.
How many of these requests will we see, and how soon? We’ll have to wait until Monday to find out. In the meantime, let us know below if there’s anything you’re really hoping to hear from Apple at WWDC 2018.