WWDC 2019: Personalized tvOS 13 Boosts Apple TV Streaming Experience

Apple previewed tvOS 13 today during the WWDC 2019 keynote. The newest version of tvOS will revamp quite a few things for those who use an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD. Multi-user support will give families much needed personal taste borders for shows, movies, and music. Home screens and screen savers get a refined makeover, while Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and the financial services of Apple Card were teased with no definitive release dates.

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Multi-User Support & Curation

You'll be able to switch between up to six family members in a new Control Center. This means each user gets a personalized Up Next list along with their own TV and movie recommendations. This curation extends into Apple Music, which will likely be the saving grace of any family with widely differentiating musical tastes. Another bonus tvOS 13 brings to Apple Music is real-time lyric display, so you'll be able to belt out a duet in-sync with your favorite musical artists.

Home Screen & Screen Savers

With tvOS 13, apps will play previews on the Home screen. Other streaming services like Netflix have been doing this for a while, and I guess it works since it's becoming a commonly used feature. The new screen savers filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit could be considered mini-documentaries, as they show oceanic creatures in their natural habitats.


Apple TV Plus, Apple's own subscription streaming service for shows and movies, will be available sometime in the fall. The full-length trailer of its original series For All Mankind debuted, and the plot of an alternate history paired with the repeated visuals of accelerating cars has me believing this will be the definitive series to bridge the gap between the Philip K. Dick and the Fast & Furious franchise fandoms.

Also available in Fall 2019 to Apple TV 4K will be Apple Arcade. tvOS 13 enables support for the game controllers of Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, meaning you won't have to buy a specialized iOS controller for Apple Arcade and other app store games.

The soonest release announced was the Apple Card, which should be available this summer. So you could be financing your Apple products, app purchases, and subscriptions all under the single Apple brand by the end of the year.

tvOS 13 is currently available on beta, and will be widely released in Fall 2019. For compatibility with tvOS 13, you must be using Apple TV 4k or Apple TV HD.

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.