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Apple TV gets Dolby Atmos support and more

Apple TV gets Dolby Atmos support and more

Tim Cook announced Monday at Apple's annual conference for app developers, WWDC, that sales for Apple TV have increased by 50% since the company introduced a 4K-supported version of the streaming box previous year.

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. The only provider Apple has announced for zero sign-on so far is Charter Spectrum, but it says more will be added in the future.

Later this year, customers in the US will have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs via an all-new Spectrum TV app on their Apple TV 4K, iPhone and iPad, seamlessly integrated with Siri and the Apple TV App. Several years ago, Apple upgraded movies from 720p to 1080p HD quality for free, and did it again with 4K HDR last year. Apple today announced that Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., will begin offering Apple TV 4K to their customers.

In adding program apps, Apple TV will feature "Zero sign-on". A new Aerial view will also be coming to the OS, which allows users to see the Earth from outer space through the perspective of the International Space Station.

Helpfully, many of these apps won't require a separate log-in, including Charter Spectrum - as any smart TV user or cable cutter knows, managing these logons can be incredibly annoying. Now, a new "Zero Sign-On" feature will automatically detect subscriptions without the need to actually type in your account information.

Now, 3 party remotes have worked with the Apple TV but have not had the official blessing and support of Apple in the past. The technology manages to provide immersive 360-degree surround sound, and with Apple TV 4K, you won't need a lot of hardware to achieve such a set up. Users can also now control Aerial screenshots, guiding the video feed's direction and focus.

Dolby Atmos will debut on Apple TV 4K this fall, and the films and TV shows that utilize it won't cost any more than usual.

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