Published On: December 12, 2023

tvOS 17.2 Update Brings Significant Changes to Apple TV Interface

Published On: December 12, 2023
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tvOS 17.2 Update Brings Significant Changes to Apple TV Interface

Apple TV's interface gets a makeover with the introduction of tvOS 17.2 update, featuring a new sidebar and consolidated content options.

tvOS 17.2 Update Brings Significant Changes to Apple TV Interface

By Author: Nemanja Grbic
With over 9 years of experience in journalism, Nemanja Grbic is a reputable news press release writer and journalist in the home theater industry. His sharp journalistic acumen delivers accurate and engaging news, featured in prominent AV publications.

Apple has rolled out the tvOS 17.2 update, bringing substantial changes to the Apple TV interface. The new update aims to streamline the user experience and provide a more consolidated platform for accessing TV shows, movies, and sports content.

One of the most noticeable changes in tvOS 17.2 is the revamped interface of the Apple TV app, as the company unveiled in its official press release. Instead of the previous top tab layout, users are greeted with a user-friendly sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen, a design familiar to users of popular streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney Plus. This change is geared towards streamlining navigation and providing a more intuitive user experience.

The sidebar includes sections such as "Watch Now," "Apple TV Plus," "MLS Season Pass," "Sports," "Store," and "Library." These sections provide quick access to various content categories, including user profiles and recommendations for other shows. Apple's intention is to make it easier for users to find and enjoy their preferred content seamlessly.

Another notable change brought about by the tvOS 17.2 update is the removal of the dedicated iTunes apps for music and movies. Instead, all TV and movie-related content from Apple can now be found within the main TV app. This consolidation simplifies the user experience, bringing everything related to TV and movies under one virtual roof.

Store tab is the place where you can now browse your movie and TV show purchases following the tvOS 17.2 update.

For users who subscribe to additional channels that integrate with the Apple TV app, individual icons for those channels are now displayed. This means that subscribers to services like ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, Discovery, ESPN, Hulu, Peacock, and Prime Video will see these options prominently featured. 

The "Up Next" feature has also received improvements in the tvOS 17.2 update. It now functions seamlessly with installed apps in addition to channels, allowing users to keep track of their watched content more efficiently. Scrolling vertically in this section provides access to shows and movies across various categories, improving content discoverability.

Replacing the previous "Channels" section, tvOS 17.2 introduces the "My TV" carousel. This new feature displays recommendations from the various channels to which users are subscribed. It aims to personalize the content discovery process by highlighting shows and movies based on individual preferences.

Not all aspects of the Apple TV interface have undergone changes. The "Library" section remains largely unchanged, retaining categories like "Movies," "4K HDR," and "Family Sharing." Likewise, the "Store" section has maintained its previous design, ensuring that users can still access and purchase digital titles conveniently.

To access the tvOS 17.2 update, users can navigate to "Settings" > "System" > "Software Updates" on their Apple TV. It's worth noting that the redesigned TV app is also available in iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2, providing a consistent and integrated user experience across Apple devices.

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