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Apple Unveils Exciting Updates for Home Products: tvOS 18 and iOS 18

In a move that promises to enhance entertainment and convenience for users, Apple has announced a slew of software updates across its Home product lineup. From cinematic experiences to seamless access, here’s what you need to know about tvOS 18 and iOS 18.

tvOS 18: Elevating Home Entertainment

The centrepiece of Apple’s home entertainment ecosystem, tvOS 18, introduces a groundbreaking feature called InSight. This intelligent addition displays real-time information about actors, characters, and music from Apple TV+ movies and shows directly onscreen. Users can effortlessly explore an actor’s background and filmography or identify the song playing in a scene and add it to their Apple Music playlist. Even better, InSight seamlessly integrates with iPhones, allowing viewers to access this information while using their device as an Apple TV remote.

Apple Services and Experiences: A Deeper Dive

SharePlay and Apple Music

This autumn, sharing control of music becomes a breeze with SharePlay and Apple Music. Users can join a SharePlay session by simply bringing their iPhone close to another iPhone or scanning the QR code in the Apple Music SharePlay window. Even without an Apple Music subscription, they can add songs to the playlist and control playback. It’s a harmonious way to enjoy music with friends and family.

FaceTime Enhancements

Continuity Camera takes center stage with tvOS 18. FaceTime becomes more accessible than ever, especially on the big screen. Live Captions, now available in English for users in the U.S. and Canada, allow viewers to read what others are saying during FaceTime calls. Whether catching up with loved ones or collaborating with colleagues, this feature ensures clarity and inclusivity.

Redesigned Apple Fitness+

Fitness enthusiasts rejoice! Apple Fitness+ gets a makeover in tvOS 18. The robust library now offers a personalised “For You” space, making it easier to find workouts tailored to individual preferences. Explore and Library spaces provide seamless navigation, and enhanced awards keep users motivated on their fitness journey.

Apple Unveils Exciting Updates For Home Products: Tvos 18 And Ios 18

Home App Features in iOS 18

iOS 18 brings exciting features to the Home app, making everyday life more convenient and secure:

  1. Guest Access: Share your home effortlessly with guests. Grant temporary access to trusted friends or family members without compromising security.
  2. Hands-Free Unlock with Home Keys: Unlock your home using Siri. No more fumbling for keys—simply command Siri to open the door.
  3. Robot Vacuum Integration: Robot vacuum cleaners now participate in automations and scenes. Activate them using voice commands via Siri.
  4. Spatial Audio via AirPlay: Enjoy an immersive audio experience with AirPlay. Whether streaming from your iPhone or iPad to HomePod or compatible third-party audio equipment, Spatial Audio, including support for Dolby Atmos, elevates your listening pleasure.

Apple’s commitment to elevating everyday lives shines through these updates. Stan Ng, Apple’s vice president of Apple Watch, Audio, Health, and Home Product Marketing, sums it up: “We design our Home products to elevate users’ everyday lives, and our latest updates reinforce that goal by delivering even more convenience and connection.”

Developers can explore tvOS 18 and iOS 18 as developer betas today, with free software updates rolling out to users this autumn. Get ready to take your home entertainment to the next level!

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