After announcing the new iPad models this week, Apple also introduced a new generation Apple TV 4K with the A15 Bionic chip and HDR10+ support. In addition, the company also revealed a new Siri interface that comes with tvOS 16.1 for all supported Apple TV models. Read on as we show you what the new interface looks like.
Siri was introduced on the Apple TV with the now discontinued 2015 HD model, the first to use tvOS. Apple’s virtual assistant can be used to search for movies, TV shows, and songs, open apps, check the weather, control HomeKit devices, and more. However, the Siri interface on tvOS has remained the same since 2015.
Now with the tvOS 16.1 update, which will be available to the public next week, Siri on Apple TV will get a new interface that looks a lot like what iPhone and iPad users already have.
Here’s how Apple describes the update:
This fall, new features coming to the Apple TV experience with tvOS 16 include updates to Siri that will make it easier for customers to use their voice to control their Apple TV and interact with results.
Featuring a complete redesign, Siri on Apple TV will be able to recognize each user’s voice, so they can easily access their movies, shows, music, games and apps and pick up where they left off. Using Siri Remote and asking “What should I watch?” Users can get personalized recommendations.
Siri’s more compact design on Apple TV allows users to quickly view results without leaving the action on the screen.
Here’s what’s new in Siri for Apple TV users
Once you press the Siri button on the Siri Remote, the virtual assistant icon appears in the lower right corner of the screen. Like on iOS, the Siri icon now moves according to what you say. The interface has also become more compact. Instead of showing a bar that takes up the entire bottom of the screen, Siri is now just a floating window.
There’s a new animation when you scroll through the options Siri offers, and some interfaces are completely different now. For example, Siri currently shows the weather in a full screen view very similar to the Weather app on iOS. Now showing weather is simpler with tvOS 16.1.
Assistant also learned some new tricks with the update. Users with AirPods connected to an Apple TV can enable the “Hey Siri” command for hands-free interactions. Also, Siri is coming to Apple TV users for the first time in Denmark, Luxembourg, and Singapore.
tvOS 16.1 will be released to the public on Monday, October 24th. Update requires Apple TV HD (4th generation) or later. It is worth noting that tvOS 16.1 also enables support for the new Matter smart home device protocol.
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