Along with new iPhones and operating systems for its mobile devices, Apple is also releasing its newest operating system for its line of media streaming boxes, bringing FaceTime and other new features to tvOS 17.
According to Apple, bringing FaceTime to Apple TV allows users to make calls directly from their TV or start calls on iPhone or iPad and hand them off to Apple TV 4K. The feature uses Continuity Camera to connect wirelessly to iPhones or iPads and uses those devices’ cameras and microphones.
In addition, Apple later this year will add new tvOS apps from Webex and Zoom that will also leverage Continuity Camera and expand communication capabilities to Apple TV 4K.
Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD will also expand functionality with Siri, allowing users to ask more general questions and receive helpful responses from Apple’s voice assistant.
According to Apple, tvOS 17 will also feature a new Control Center designed to make it easier for users to access key settings and information throughout the entire Apple TV experience. From Home Screen, Control Center will display system status, including the time and active profile, and expands with other helpful details based on a user’s activity.
tvOS 17 will also feature a new Siri Remote locator on iPhone, which is designed to strengthen integration with Apple TV. According to the company, users can launch the Apple TV Remote inside Control Center on iPhone to find their second generation or later Siri Remote. An onscreen circle will grow as users get closer to their remote.
Other new features included in tvOS 17 include interactivity with Apple Music Sing and Continuity Camera, memories as screen savers, and the ability to enhance dialogue in a movie or TV show on Apple TV 4K when paired with a second-generation HomePod.