Apple announces tvOS 12 with support for Dolby Atmos and more

At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has announced a new version of tvOS, which includes a number of improvements. During the tvOS segment of its keynote, the company started by boasting about having the largest library of 4K HDR movies, supported on last year's Apple TV 4K.

The company then announced support for Dolby Atmos surround sound, which makes Apple TV the first TV box to support it alongside Dolby Vision. The company says it'll be bringing the largest library of Dolby Atmos content to iTunes as well. Much like it did with 4K and HDR content last year, supported content will be upgraded for free if you already own it.

Apple has also signed partnerships with a number of TV providers around the world to bring live TV and on-demand content to Apple TV. Partners include the French Canal+ service and Charter Spectrum in the U.S.

Users will also be able to access all the apps provided by their TV provider right in Apple TV with Zero Sign-On, bypassing the need for user credentials if they're connected to the TV provider's network.

With the next update, users will be able to easily see the locations of Aerials - the Apple TV screensavers - by tapping the Siri remote. A new Aerial view will also be coming to the OS, which allows users to see the Earth from outer space through the perspective of the International Space Station.

This is clearly a minor update for the system, but the inclusion of Dolby Atmos is certainly a welcome feature for a TV box. tvOS 12 will be released this fall.

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