Apple just gave its Home and TV apps a huge upgrade that'll make you feel like you're living in the future

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Apple's WWDC keynote revealed macOS Sequoia, iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, but its other services were hardly left in the cold.

While the company opened with a look at Severance Season 2 amongst other original projects for Apple TV Plus, the app itself is getting some updates with convenience and accessibility in mind.

While the new InSight feature to identify actors, characters and music on the show you're watching is a lot like Amazon's X-Ray feature, you'll be able to enjoy an improved Enhance Dialogue option to improve vocal clarity on Apple TV 4K.

"In addition to HomePod speakers, users can now enjoy Enhance Dialogue when listening through built-in TV or HDMI-connected speakers, AirPods, and other Bluetooth-connected devices, and when playing supported content on iPhone and iPad," an Apple press release explains.

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Apple wants to control your robots

While we've heard that Apple is considering its own robots for the future, the company will settle for helping you control yours for the time being.

"Robot vacuum cleaners are now compatible with the Home app, so they can participate in automations and scenes, and can be activated by a user’s voice using Siri", the press release explains.

The Home app will also provide additional information about electricity usage, too.

"The Home app also makes it easier for users to access, understand, and make more informed decisions about their home electricity use in partnership with leading utilities, beginning with Pacific Gas & Electric Company in California."

"Eligible users can easily view their electricity usage in the Home app’s Energy category when they connect their utility account."

Given some "smart meters" can be unreliable at best, it's interesting to see Apple helping users understand their utility bills a little more.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.