Movies that you have purchased through iTunes will get upgraded with Dolby Atmos audio for free, if the soundtrack is available. Now, on the heals of the launch of Apple TV 4K past year, the company is rolling out some updates with tvOS 12. This fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and these titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free.
tvOS 12 will bring support for Dolby Atmos audio and work with the Dolby Atmos soundboard, the only sound bar to support both Dolby Atmos and Vision. "If you're on your TV provider's broadband network, we'll securely and automatically unlock all the supported apps with the TV app", Apple TV lead designer Jen Folse said on the WWDC stage.
Apple has been pushing to make Apple TV a one-stop entertainment shop for some time, and last year's single sign-on feature made it easier to access cable company content right on the Apple TV.
The Apple TV 4K came out at the end of previous year, and it represented a pretty big update to the streaming device since competitors like Roku added 4K support to their devices already. It can play live sports and live news, in total there are over 100 channels. She also described a new feature that allows users to look up more information about Apple TV screensaver images ("aerials") by simply tapping the Apple TV Siri remote.
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Netflix also offers a handful of movies and TV shows with Atmos sound.
The Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is the single destination to find and watch TV shows and movies from more than 100 participating video apps in 10 countries. Previously you would have to sign in with your cable service log-in to gain access to the apps for ESPN, Nick Jr. and the rest on Apple TV.
With zero sign-on, Apple says no sign-on credentials are needed at all. Aerial screensavers are a favorite of Apple TV users and reach new heights with tvOS 12.
The Apple TV Remote will be added to Apple's Control Center on iPhone and iPad to expand the user experience and integration.