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Hands-on with the new Apple TV app in tvOS 17.2

Updated Dec 12th, 2023 6:21AM EST
Apple TV 4K running the latest tvOS 17.2 with the revamped TV app
Image: Apple Inc.

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After Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reported that Apple was planning to revamp the TV app for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, Apple indeed revamped this app.

As you can see in the image above and the other pictures below, Apple has a new sidebar menu showing everything related to Apple, such as TV+, MLS Season Pass, Store, and Library, in addition to user’s channels and apps.

With that, Apple killed the iTunes Movies app. Although the icon is still available on the Home, it redirects users to the new TV app. In this new interface, you can select what you want to discover by tapping the different sections on the sidebar menu.

When selecting the Apple TV+ section, you’ll discover everything related to Apple’s own streaming service. For the Library, for example, you’ll get all the movies you have purchased and the same filters as before, such as “4K HDR,” genres, and more.

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What’s interesting with this change is that you can now quickly access channels and apps. Previously, I could find TV shows and movies from third-party apps, but this is the first time Cupertino has made it so much easier to discover everything I’m watching on HBO Max, for example.

Besides my Up Next on HBO Max, I can also find curated options for TV shows and movies on this specific channel.

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With tvOS 17.2, you still get a similar interface for the Store section on the Apple TV app. You can find the Top Movies Chart, options rated by genre and purchases, and more.

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This change on the Apple TV app is precisely what Gurman reported. He said Apple wanted to bring users to the main TV app as it would be the “consumers’ go-to hub for streaming content, as well as a bigger supplier of programming itself.”

That said, the journalist reported that this revamped app would have a similar design aesthetic as the one used by Netflix, which is partly accurate, but I get it now that I’ve seen this new sidebar menu.

With tvOS 17.2 now available, users can enjoy the revamped Apple TV app, in addition to several other changes, such as improvements to Apple Fitness+ workouts, SharePlay with Dolby Atmos, and more.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.