Apple Releases Sixth Beta of iOS 12.3 With New TV App [Update: Public Beta Available]

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    Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.3 update to developers, a few days after releasing the fifth beta and over a month after the launch of iOS 12.2, an update that introduced Apple News+, new Animoji, and more.

    Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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    iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 introduce a new version of Apple's TV app, which has been updated with a new look and fresh functionality.

    In the new TV app, "Watch Now" and "Up Next" are still front and center for keeping track of what you're watching, but there's a new machine learning-based recommendation engine that will suggest content based on your viewing preferences and history.

    The app's interface has been streamlined with sections for movies, TV shows, sports, and kids content, and on iOS, there's a separate bottom bar for the library, search, and Watch Now options.

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    There's a new "Channels" feature in the TV app, which is one of the major new components of Apple's services push. Channels are subscription services that you can sign up for and watch within the TV app without having to open up another app.

    So, for example, if you come across a show you want to watch on your iPhone or Apple TV that's on Showtime or Starz, you can tap to subscribe right in the TV app, and then you can watch that show without having to open another app.

    Some of the new Channels that will be supported include CBS All Access, Starz, Showtime, HBO, Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault, and Comedy Central Now. During the beta, though, users can subscribe to Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian, EPIX, and Tastemade.

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    You'll still get recommendations for content from services that aren't a part of the Channels feature, but non-channel content will need to be watched in a third-party app. The TV app also houses iTunes TV shows and movies.

    When Apple debuts its Apple TV+ service this fall, all of the company's original TV shows and movies will also be accessible in the TV app.

    Apple has said that it plans to release the updated TV app in May, so this is potentially the last beta we'll get before iOS 12.3 is launched to the public.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Sixth Beta of iOS 12.3 With New TV App [Update: Public Beta Available]
     
  2. Ballis macrumors 6502a

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    Love that you can play media from certain providers from within the app.
     
  3. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502

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    Wonder how many (if any) providers Apple has signed up outside of the US. Based on their past form, I'm guessing... none.

    It's too bad they can't work things out with Netflix too. It's the elephant in the room, the biggest provider by a mile and it's not included.
     
  4. seezar macrumors regular

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    Does the new iOS TV app allow someone that is part of a family to view and stream itunes movie and TV purchases from other members of the family?

    That is one annoyance with Apple's family sharing. On an Apple TV, you can stream content purchases from other family members. But on the ipad and iphone, you cannot, you can only download other family members purchases and not just stream them.
     
  5. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    If "working things out" means giving Netflix personal data to mine and sell, then I frankly don't care if Apple shuts them out. They get enough money from the subscription fee.

    That said, the beta is also publicly available also it seems. Installing now.
     
  6. charlituna macrumors G3

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    You should be able to play all media from within the app. Which needs a better playback interface (HBO Now and Netflix might have my favorite ones). it’s just silly that apple hasn’t made it a priority to sort out a single app for all of it.

    And Apple needs to get on board with the whole Nielsen streaming system as an opt in by users. I get that they are all ‘user data privacy’ focused but if I choose to give Nielsen my information that should be my right.
     
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    IDK, but wouldn't life be a lot easier if we all just downloaded ONE version, the final version, of an iOS last update in June before the next experiment comes out after WWDC? Then we'd only have to deal with ONE OS update per year (and arguably the best).
     
  8. charlituna macrumors G3

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    If you are a subscriber Netflix already has that data. And even if they were worked into the common interface they could still demand that you subscribe via their system and have that data because they can see your log in and what you are calling.
     
  9. Mac+1984 macrumors newbie

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    Idk about anyone else, but I HATE the new Apple TV remote in Control Center. It used to automatically load the last Apple TV that you used (in my case, only 1 ATV), but now you have to select the Apple TV EACH TIME! So annoying.
     
  10. petitpiton macrumors member

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    Public Beta out now
     
  11. johnyslats macrumors 65816

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    Starzplay and Smithsonian appeared a few days ago here in the UK. Pretty sure I saw reports of Starzplay in Germany too.
     
  12. dannyyankou macrumors G3

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    Same here
     
  13. Chris The Bipolarbear macrumors regular

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    comes in at 2.6 gb on iPad but only 650mb on iPhone
     
  14. GregJohn macrumors regular

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    Hmm odd another beta this week. Especially on a Friday. They must be wanting to push it next week or so
     
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    Low Power Mode drives me nuts! My gf is always switching my phone to lower-power mode! Grrrr!

    Regarding the app, those buttons don't looks great on the semi-translucent material. Not a fan.
     
  16. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    What I don’t want is Netflix trying to grab any data about anything I watch on Hulu, Prime, or anything else outside of their service.
     
  17. coolfactor macrumors 601

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    That could be a bug or regression. No need for hate, only patience and hope.
     
  18. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502a

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    Then yours is just defective because it doesn't work this way.
     
  19. seezar macrumors regular

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    I actually prefer the new behavior. Since I use HDMI CEC, my ATVs turn on my TVs and soundbars when they wake from sleep. Many times I'd be in my living and bring up the app and it would automatically turn on my TV in the bedroom and vice versa.

    Since now you have to choose the TV each time, no more of that.

    I can see it being an extra unneeded step if someone only has a single ATV, but with a household with multiple units, this is so much better.
     
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    2.3Gb for me on iPhone 6.
     
  21. tothemoonsands macrumors member

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    With all of this talk about the new TV app, I am here to literally beg Apple to take a look at the Home Sharing functionality on that app. It’s not up to Apple’s standards. I see multiple libraries, receive errors like “Server Not Configured Correctly” or “Content Not Authorized” (even though iMac is on, Internet is working, and all movies/shows are locally downloaded and authorized). Frankly it’s ridiculous that after spending money to own an iTunes collection, it becomes tedious to access it. I am forced to restart my phone, disable/re-enable home sharing, and even guess which one of the duplicate libraries listed works or doesn’t. This is on an iPhone X running the latest iOS by the way.

    In short, I hope that Apple is made aware of this, and that they can give a hard look at the existing bugs within TV before adding a bunch of new features. Thank you.
     
  22. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030

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    So this means we will be getting the full public release next week, Nice!
     
  23. dtrj787 macrumors regular

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    It's based on your Apple ID. So if you have family share setup or are doing the "no no" like most and sharing your Apple ID with your family it would work.
     
  24. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    Did you forget to put the "sarcasm" call out?
    Or do you really not see the use of betas so the average user can comment back to Apple with bugs they find.
    A handful of engineers testing software is never going to hit all the possible use cases as opposed to an enormous group of general users giving feedback on real-life uses.
    Besides, you do only have to download ONE version, the final. Just don’t participate in the beta program and don’t read the posts about it.
     
  25. justperry, May 10, 2019
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    Oh the joy of having a *1 Gb connection, in 1-2 seconds it went from request to downloading to Preparing Update.

    There's only one bug I am aware of, opening Safari after clearing Safari Cache in Settings will crash it.




    *5GHz Wifi connection (Ubiquiti gear).



    Mine was only 85 MB.
     

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