Apple TV gets a ‘Zero Sign On’ mode for TV providers’ apps

Like 4K and HDR, Apple will not charge anything extra for Dolby Atmos features; you can simply use them if you have access to the right hardware.

The Apple TV 4K came out at the end of past year, and it represented a pretty big update to the streaming device since competitors like Roku added 4K support to their devices already.

It's that time of the year again when Apple announces new features for all their products. iOS 12 has received some much-needed features and so has watchOS. It will be the only streaming box to do so although it requires a compatible sound bar and TV. This fall, Apple will add Atmos functionality to a huge variety of movies, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Justice League and Jumanji. So, it's only fair that Apple TV gets some love too. It marks the first time a major USA cable company has supported the Apple TV instead of relying on their own set top box.

Apple spent some time touting its wealth of content, including 100 video channels in the TV app, while promising that even more content is on the way. The functionality sounds promising, although such a system sounds like it would introduce a number of potential security holes.

The next version of tvOS for Apple TV will add Dolby Atmos, new screensavers created in collaboration with NASA, expanded home control with Control4, Creston and Savant, easier login and sign-on, and more. To that end, Apple partnered with Charter Spectrum to allow subscribers access to live television and on-demand content.

Apple also announced a new Aerial of planet Earth, that was filmed by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS).

The tvOS 12 update will also bring what Apple is calling "zero sign-on", which, more or less delivering what it says on the tin, means users won't have to type in their passwords. In addition, viewers can manually swipe between screensavers and see the location of each.

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