Apple TV DashBoard App 'DayView' Updated With HomeKit Support

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    Apple TV dashboard app DayView has received its first major update and a couple of much-requested features, courtesy of developer and former Apple intern Punya Chatterjee.

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    For anyone unfamiliar with DayView, the app has similarities to the Today View on iPhone, in that it displays widgets that hook into useful online platforms and personal services, providing at-a-glance information in a unified dashboard.

    You can customize the dashboard wallpaper and select which widgets go where in the dashboard panels, plus they automatically refresh, so you could leave the app up on your TV screen during your morning routine, for example.

    Since we last looked at DayView, Chatterjee has implemented iCloud/Apple calendar support (the calendar widget can now read calendars that come in the standardized iCalendar format) and the Commute widget now has a transit option, which uses Apple Maps' estimates, just like for walking or driving.

    The big addition in version 1.2 of DayView however is support for HomeKit widgets, including Scenes, Accessories, and Camera.

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    As this is a new feature, control over accessories is currently limited to toggling them on and off, likewise when triggering scenes. Meanwhile the camera widget lets you stream from any HomeKit cameras and you can select the widget to switch between them if you have multiple.

    Elsewhere in this update, Chatterjee has included an optional $2.99 in-app purchase for DayView Pro, which gets users additional premium features including the ability to add multiples of widgets (to view weather conditions for several places at once, for instance) and the ability to use pictures in your iCloud photo library as wallpapers.

    Development will continue for DayView, and Chatterjee plans to expand the social widgets, flesh out the HomeKit accessories support, fix reported bugs, and otherwise respond to feedback and feature requests from users.

    DayView 1.0 is a free download on Apple TV from the tvOS App Store. [Direct Link]


    Article Link: Apple TV DashBoard App 'DayView' Updated With HomeKit Support
     
  2. hagar macrumors 6502a

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    Looks nice. The ATV Store desperately needs some quality software titles so this expensive Apple product can be more than the iTunes and Netflix streaming box it is today. Why Apple is not on top of this to stimulate development is beyond me.
     
  3. thomasmonks macrumors newbie

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    Brilliant, apple needs to buy this idea. Its a cracking app and has a lot of potential...
     
  4. Fynd macrumors 6502

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    Something like this should be part of the OS. I love the flyover screensavers, but give me this any day.
     
  5. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    This looks interesting.

    I agree with others it should be part of tvOS.
     
  6. JosephAW macrumors 68000

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    Won't be long before Apple copies this and then bans this app. And with Apple TV it will just disappear magically just like my purchased Disney videos.
     
  7. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    They are too busy with the iPhone and Watchbands.
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    What do you mean "disappear"?

    Did you purchase videos from iTunes and you can no longer access them?
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    I used to, but the Hawaii ones never come up anymore on my 4K ATV.
     
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    The Apple Watch bands are actually better than most traditional watch bands, especially how easy it is to change them and add or remove links. There's nothing wrong with making a wearable fun to wear.
     
  9. adamjackson macrumors 68000

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    I'd like this fo iPad as well. We have one affixed to our wall we use to control various HomeKit devices and it'd be great to have t his to quick launch.
     
  10. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    I agree, it just seems like watch bands sometimes get more attention than some of their other products, such as the ATV.
     
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    It will be interesting to see if we get any major ATV love this spring along with Apple's streaming video project...
     
  12. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    The Apple TV could use some love, tvOS has barely changed since launch.
     
  13. woode macrumors newbie

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    This is almost the tvOS app I've been waiting for. HomeKit integration is a little wonky: Grouped devices show up individually, as do the individual buttons on my Hue Tap (I need that device to not show up at all). It should pull my grouping and favorites info from HomeKit, not just the devices. Nonetheless, this is a good first iteration of HomeKit support.

    It also needs some kind of active overview when it's on the top shelf of the home screen.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this app evolve.

    And something to mention:
    The people who work on watch bands are not the people capable of working on Apple TV. Nor should they be.
     
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    I used the app for a little while this morning, and it does show promise. I think you are right about the top shelf. It seems a bit static as a TV app right now, but I could see myself referring to it more often if their was some info in the Top Shelf preview.
     
  15. mdelrossi macrumors member

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    Needs picture in picture, so you can watch your fav tv show and still get this info.
     
  16. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    That is not what my post said and I think it was obvious the comment was made with tongue in cheek.

    If it wasn't clear when reading it, then this post should have cleared things up for you:
     
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    Downloaded and paid to support developer. Great start with some rough edges. Look forward to future updates.
     
  18. Millah macrumors 6502a

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    Ironically, on MACRUMORS it gets more attention. But as far as Apple goes, the opposite is true. The only thing they’ve done lately is introduce new colors.

    It’s simply become a meme to mock the watch bands on MR. You guys are giving the watch bands more attention than even Apple has given them lately. Go figure.
     
  19. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    This might be true, but the attention the watch bands get from Apple wasn't the intent of my post, it was about the lack of attention the ATV gets. I personally don't have an issue with Apple's watch bands, that was not the intent of my comment.

    It could be argued that this is more that what the ATV has been getting.

    tvOS is basically the same with very little change since launch and most would probably argue that the changes it has gotten were stuff it should have been launched with.

    Almost every tvOS update article on MR gets this or something similar:
    It is also good to keep in mind that Apple's watch bands are accessories of one of their devices, not the device itself. Maybe a close analogy would be if Apple would show as much attention to re-skinning the Siri Remote (not saying they should).
     
  20. olorsha macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to automate the AppleTV to turn on and open an app at a scheduled time each day? I really like the look of this app and potential it seems to have, but if it can't automatically display this in the morning without my prompting, it's not a very practical solution. In the time it takes to wake up the ATV and launch the app, I could have gotten weather, traffic, and calendar information for the day many times over using other means.
     
  21. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Siri Shortcuts might do it. I haven't played around with them yet, but there is one to turn Apple TV on:

    https://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-turn-on-apple-tv-using-siri-shortcuts-and-voice-command/
     
  22. subjonas macrumors 68000

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    I want to be able to ask Siri via HomePod to turn on my tv and show me this with one Siri shortcut command.
     
  23. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    Do you mean without pressing the Siri button, similar to Hey Siri? I wish tvOS was capable of this.
     
  24. subjonas macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I want to get out of bed and say, “Hey siri, show me my dashboard” and my homepod will hear me and tell my tv and apple tv (in my bedroom) to turn on and open my dashboard so that I can look at it while getting ready. Then when I leave I’d say, “Hey siri, I’m leaving” and it will turn everything off.
    I prefer to have homepod pick up Hey Siri and relay commands to my apple tv since it has sensitive mics. I don’t always have an apple device on my person, and I don’t want to have to shout.
     
  25. vertical smile macrumors 68030

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    This sounds like what I would like to see too. Although, I don't have a HomePod, and am not really sure what they are capable of.

    I know that people have issues with privacy and having the Apple TV's Siri Remote always listening, but just like the iPhone, Apple could have an option to turn this feature off.

    Siri is so limited on the tvOS, which is pretty sad.

    I think that Apple is falling behind when it comes to this kind of stuff. The ATV could be an amazing product, it just seems like it is forgotten about at Apple.

    This dashboard should of be something that Apple had preinstalled at the tvOS launch. I am not sure if Apple would ever do anything like this as they seemed to be doubling down on the horrible TV APP.
     

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