Apple has rolled out tvOS 15 release candidate to developers, right after its California Streaming event where it announced new iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, new iPad mini, and more. tvOS 15 features various improvements and new features including Spatial Audio support for AirPods, SharePlay, HomePod speaker support, Fitness+ updates, redesigned video player, and a new “Shared with You” section on the TV app,
tvOS 15 RC features
One of the biggest new features for tvOS 15 was SharePlay, a feature that would allow users to watch videos and stream content together via screen sharing on FaceTime. This feature has been delayed for a future software update.
Apple demonstrated this feature during WWDC 2021 using an episode from Apple TV+, but SharePlay also features support for Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, TikTok, MasterClass, ESPN+, Paramount+, and Pluto TV. Apple has also released an API available to third-party apps and streaming services compatible with SharePlay.
Support for Spatial Audio with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max is also coming to tvOS 15. Spatial Audio is a three-dimensional sound experience on your headphones without the need for a surround sound system – making your TV experience theater-like. In addition to this, HomePod mini owners will be able to use the device as a default speaker for Apple TV. The “Hey Siri” command can be used to play content on the TV now.
tvOS 15 will bring in shows and movies friends and family have shared with you via Messages into the TV app into a new section called “Shared With You.” If you live with multiple people who have different viewing habits, there is a new section called “For All of You” which finds recommendations that are suitable for everyone.
Check out other release candidates that Apple seeded today to developers:
- iPadOS 15 release candidate is now available for download
- watchOS 8 release candidate is now available for developers
- iOS 15 RC is now available for download
Check out our ongoing coverage of major announcements from Apple’s California Streaming event:
- iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini announced: A15 chip, battery improvements and Cinematic mode for video
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max announced: A15 chip, 120Hz ProMotion, Cinematic Mode, and more
- Apple announces 8.3-inch iPad mini with new design, 5G, A15 chip, Center Stage, and more
- 2021 iPad announced with A13 Bionic chip, Center Stage, True Tone and more
- Apple Watch Series 7 announced: larger display, faster charging, new colors, watch face and more