There was good news for existing Apple TV 4K users in Apple’s announcement of the new Apple TV 4K 3rd Gen: a software update is also coming to bring some exciting improvements to your existing kit.
According to Apple, the new features are coming “this fall” and include updates to Siri, including a complete overhaul of Siri’s user interface. The new version is much nicer and less intrusive, and according to Apple “will make it even easier for customers to use their voice to control Apple TV and interact with the results.”
Siri gets smarter on your Apple TV
The feature I’m most looking forward to is Siri’s impending ability to recognize different people’s voices and customize things accordingly. So when one of my kids talks on TV, Siri will focus on their movies, shows, music, and games instead of mine. They may also ask “What should I watch?” and get personalized recommendations based on their own Apple TV history.
There are also other useful new features. You’ll be able to Hey Siri from your AirPods or AirPods Pro without needing to use the remote, and iCloud Shared Photo Library from iOS, iPadOS and macOS is also coming to Apple TV.
I really like my Apple TV – I’ve been using it since the second generation, which came out 12 years ago – and I wouldn’t change much about it other than better Netflix integration, which is a Netflix thing rather than an Apple TV thing. While the new model looks pretty good, I think these tvOS updates will keep me pretty happy with mine for a while to come.
Apple hasn’t given a date for the updates, but I expect them to arrive shortly after iPadOS and macOS Ventura drop later this month.