WWDC 2020: tvOS 14 announced with picture-in-picture mode, better multiuser support, and more

tvOS 14 for the Apple TV should be released to the public this fall

Highlights
  • tvOS 14 gets support for Adaptive Xbox One controllers and Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 
  • Better support for Apple’s HomeKit accessories to directly control them through a new Control Center UI

Apple introduced the new tvOS 14 during the WWDC 2020 keynote on Monday. The latest Apple TV operating system brings better support for Apple’s HomeKit accessories that will allow direct control of them through a new Control Center UI as well as a picture-in-picture mode. Apple is also adding support for Adaptive Xbox One controllers and Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. Apple tvOS 14 adds multiuser support for Apple TV, however, it will be limited to resume gameplay on Apple Arcade games for now. It brings better audio sharing with AirPods and the ability to stream 4K videos from the Photos app on iOS devices.

Apple TV+ app will be coming to Sony and Vizio smart TVs in the Summer. The Cupertino giant has also revealed a trailer for the sci-fi series Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s iconic book series. It will be streaming on Apple TV+. Apple HomePod is getting support for third-party music services, however, Apple hasn’t specified which services. Apple TV users can now receive doorbell notifications on the big screen with live feeds showing who is there. There’s also a redesigned Home app for iOS and iPadOS, activity zones for cameras and more.

Additionally, tvOS 14 also brings the ability to stream 4K YouTube videos on the Apple TV 4K. Apple hasn’t revealed the official release date for the tvOS 14 yet, but it should be available this fall much like iOS 14.