Currently, in beta, the new tvOS 15 update will launch for the public this Fall. The update brings several improvements and new features like Spatial Audio support for AirPods, SharePlay, HomePod speaker support, and the “Shared with You” section on the TV app. In addition, tvOS 15 also offers a redesigned interface of the built-in video player on Apple TV app with more visible controls, larger icons, and more.
The upcoming iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey have standardized larger captions in apps and the company has adopted the same format in tvOS 15. Here is everything new in the Apple TV app’s video player interface.
New changes in Apple TV app’s video player on tvOS 15
When the progress bar is displayed on the screen, the name of the TV show or movie appears in large font on the bottom left corner of the video player UI. If the user is watching a series, the title of the episode appears on top of the show’s name but in a smaller font size than the title.
Right under the titles, a new ‘Info’ button is housed which will display content details like episode’s or movie’s descriptions, and a list of more episodes. Uses can also restart an episode from the Info menu.
Relocated Settings menu
tvOS 15 has removed the ‘swipe down’ settings menu and housed it in two icons on the progress bar: Speech and Audio Settings icons. The ‘Speech’ icon lets users enable/disable subtitles or select a preferred language of the subtitles, other than English. The ‘Audio Settings’ icon houses options to select audio range: full dynamic or reduce loud sound, and users can all select an alternative language to watch the title in. Keep in mind that not all titles support subtitles and audio in alternative languages.
These design changes may seem trivial but make a lot of difference in users experience by making control more visible to offer convenience.