Apple announces tvOS for Apple TV

Apple has announced tvOS, its new platform for the Apple TV. Based on iOS, and built for the living room, tvOS will allow developers to build great apps and games for the all-new Apple TV. Including Metal, GameCenter, CloudKit and more, developers will have access to many great features for the applications they are developing. The new Apple TV will feature a full App Store, with beautiful product pages and more.

Some examples of new apps that were shown off are apps from Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu, with refined and improved user interfaces. In addition, a number of games were showcased like Galaxy On Fire, Rayman Adventures, Disney Infinity Star Wars, Guitar Hero, and more. Harmonix will be releasing an exclusive Apple TV game, Beat Sports, which combines music and sports. This will time sport actions, like hitting baseballs, with the beat of the music. It will support up to four simultaneous players, as long as they have an iPod Touch or iPhone.

Beyond just video content and games, you will be able to plan your next vacation using AirBnB, or browse for a new home using Zillow. Gilt, which sees 80% of its mobile sales from iOS devices, will allow you to shop right from your couch on the Apple TV. Sports enthusiasts will be able to keep up with their favorite baseball team, seeing the full daily schedule, game highlights and more, at 60fps. One simple click of the remote brings up live player data, like pitch tracking, box score and more. Notifications will also show important events, and you are able to click a notification to split the screen to catch the best of both games at the same time. NHL Game Center Live will be coming in 2016.

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