Alongside iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9.1, Apple has also released the first major update to the Apple TV Operating System—tvOS 16.1. The update brings along an all-new Siri experience for Apple TV users with a new design, personalized recommendations, and more. Additionally, tvOS 16.1 introduces Apple Fitness+ support to Apple TV.
tvOS 16.1 update is now available for the Apple TV 4K and the Apple TV HD. The update can be downloaded Over-the-Air via the Settings app on the Apple TV. To download the update, you can head to Settings > System > Software Update.
Apple tvOS 16.1 Update: List Of New Features
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As promised, the latest tvOS 16.1 update introduces a more compact Siri interface along with the following new features:
- Once you press the Siri button on the Siri Remote, the virtual assistant icon appears in the bottom right corner of the screen rather than in the bottom middle of the display. The icon now animates according to your voice commands.
- As mentioned earlier, the new interface now takes up less space. Instead of showing a bar occupying the entire bottom of the screen, Siri is now just a floating window.
- You will notice new animations while you’re scrolling through the options provided by Siri, and some interfaces appear completely different now. For instance, Siri currently shows the weather with a full-screen view. With the latest tvOS 16.1 update, it shows the weather in a more minimalist card.
- The latest update also introduces some new tricks to the virtual assistant. Users with AirPods connected to Apple TV can enable the “Hey Siri” command for hands-free interactions.
In addition, the Apple tvOS 16.1 update adds the Shared Photo Library in the home screen, which allows users to see their favourite moments shared by the entire family. That’s not all, the update also introduces support for the Matter smart home standard that allows smart home products from different companies to interact with one another. Lastly, Apple TV now gets Apple Fitness+ support with the latest tvOS 16.1 release.
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