Apple TV 4K supports FaceTime calls using your iPhone’s camera

June 05, 2023

Today, at its annual developer conference, Apple announced updates for all of its various operating systems, and tvOS is one of them. With the upcoming tvOS 17, due out sometime this fall, the Apple TV 4K will get support for FaceTime.

With the new FaceTime app for tvOS, you can initiate calls directly from your Apple TV, or start calls on your iPhone or iPad and then transfer them to the Apple TV. FaceTime on Apple TV uses Apple’s Continuity Camera feature to wirelessly connect to your iPhone or iPad and use its camera and microphone to record your side of the call while the people you’re talking to are shown on the TV become.

Center Stage ensures that everyone in the room is perfectly pictured on screen, even if they’re moving, and there are also new gesture-based reactions – these allow you to use your hands to create on-screen reaction effects, such as Example hearts or fireworks. to add some fun to the conversation.

With the introduction of Split View for Apple TV, you can watch shows or movies with your loved ones during a SharePlay session (another feature just introduced) and see everyone on the FaceTime call at the same time. At the same time, the controls on your iPhone or iPad make it easy to transfer a FaceTime call to those devices when needed. If another FaceTime call comes in during a session, a notification on the TV lets you know someone is calling without revealing who the caller is to protect your privacy.

Later this year, conferencing apps like Cisco’s WebEx and Zoom on tvOS will also be introduced, bringing their web conferencing capabilities to the biggest screen in the room via Apple TV 4K.

Apple Music Sing, the feature that lets you sing along to your favorite tracks, also integrates the continuity camera so you can see yourself on screen and add some “fun filters” to your performance if you wish.

There’s also a new Control Center in tvOS 17, which shows system status, including time and active profile, and expands with more details based on your activity.

You can find your Siri Remote for Apple TV using your iPhone’s Control Center. When you use the remote control on your iPhone to wake up and control your Apple TV, it automatically switches to your profile. Additional settings and preferences are now saved for each profile, including system language and paired AirPods.

The screensaver will receive curated memories from your personal library, your shared library, or both, and the “Universally Liked” Aerial Screensavers will feature a collection of new locations, including Arizona’s Monument Valley and California’s coast redwoods.

Perhaps the most important new feature for some will be the Enhance Dialogue feature, which does what the name suggests: it separates dialogue from all background noise and puts the former on the center channel so you can hear what’s happening more clearly said about the effects, action and music in a movie or TV show on the Apple TV 4K paired with a 2nd generation HomePod.

There will also be Dolby Vision 8.1 support for Apple TV 4K, Apple Fitness+ enhancements (including custom plans), and third-party VPN support.