Apple TV 4K gets Dolby Vision and Atmos sound

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If you’re one of the lucky few who has an Apple TV 4K read on. Your movies will start to look and sound a whole lot better.

Announced at the World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Jose, Apple’s upcoming tvOS 12 software update will deliver both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support.

Dolby Vision was previously available but now iTunes will have the world’s largest catalogue of Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, 4K HDR movies.

Also, Apple will upgrade your existing movie library to the Dolby Atmos versions for free. Just like it did with the 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) versions of movie titles.

To enjoy Dolby Atmos’s room-filling, three-dimensional sound effects, you’ll need an Apple TV 4K along with a Dolby Vision compatible TV and Dolby Atmos compatible soundbar.

Other features added in the Apple TV 4K tvOS 12 update include

  • support for 3rd party remote control
  • With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV. Easier sign-in to Apple TV apps
  • Control Centre on iPhone or iPad automatically has the Apple TV Remote. Gives Apple TV users quick access to Apple TV controls
  • Siri voice commands
  • Some stunning aerial screenshots, taken from the International Space Station (ISS)
  • You can now tap on your remote for on-screen information about where the various aerial screenshots are captured

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While not relevant in Australia yet, there’s a “zero sign-on” feature that automatically connects you to a TV channel’s online content, without the lengthy sign-in process that tends to be a pain when using a remote control.

For more details about the other announcements from WWDC, check out our articles on iOS 12 here, and the new watchOS 5 here.

GadgetGuy was Apple Australia’s guest at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.