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Apple is updating tvOS with a new home screen and multi-user support

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Everyone gets their own personalized recommendations

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After launching its revamped Apple TV app last month, today Apple went over some changes and new features coming to the software that runs on its Apple TV streaming box, tvOS. Onstage at WWDC 2019, Tim Cook announced a redesigned home screen with richer, full-screen content previews. But in even bigger news, he said that tvOS will add multi-user support with personalized recommendations for everyone in your home for both the Apple TV app and Apple Music. Apple Music on tvOS will add lyrics that are in sync with the song currently playing.

When it launches this fall, tvOS 13 will also add support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game controllers. It already supports Bluetooth controllers, but many people are obviously more familiar with the gamepads from the biggest two gaming consoles.

At last year’s WWDC, Apple announced that tvOS 12 would add support for Dolby Atmos audio and a new “Zero Sign-In” feature designed to allow streaming apps from cable networks to automatically log in when used on a customer’s home Wi-Fi network.

Apple’s subscription video service, Apple TV Plus, is slated to launch sometime this fall. We’ll likely hear more details including the big one — price — at the company’s September event. But all that Apple had to show on that front today was a preview for its original For All Mankind.