Apple's goal is to capture the TV world, and it's shown in iOS 12.3. While nothing is going on with Apple TV +, which is expected to come out in the fall, there are a few goodies for the new Apple TV app for the iPhone.
There is nothing new with "Search". Tab, which looks pretty much the same. However, the Lirbary tab has been updated with a small update, and much more is happening on the Watch Now tab, including new subscriptions to Apple TV Channels, a new section "For You," and updated info pages. Check all changes below.
. 1 Redesigned App Icon
The first thing to mention is a redesigned Apple TV Home screen icon, settings, and wherever it's displayed. Instead of a TV picture, it is the Apple icon that says "tv".
The "Watch Now" tab has a new scrolling area for movies, TV shows, sports, and kids. In contrast, the "Search by category" section is in the middle of the page. So you can now access the sports section.
One of the new horizontal swipe sections on the "Watch Now" tab is "For You." He uses machine learning on the iPhone to use recommended movies and TV shows that you might like your viewing habits.
Recommendations include content from a variety of sources, including: ITunes, HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime, DirectTV Now, Netflix, PlayStation Vue, Epix, Starz and more. Even if you do not have these apps installed or you do not subscribe to the services, you'll be prompted.
The new addition to the new Apple TV app are the new Apple TV Channels, which allow you to quickly subscribe to premium channels such as Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel, and Tastemade with your Apple ID. In the future, HBO, Epix, MTV, CBS All Access, Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault and Comedy Central Now will be added to the list.
Even better, you do not have to install any of these apps channels because you can see everything right in the Apple TV app. The View Now tab, near the center and bottom of the page, displays a few different horizontal swipers for all the premium channels you can add, with options to try them for free.
According to Apple, shows can be viewed shared with up to six different family members, and anyone can view content offline when needed.
Just as you can buy iTunes movies directly from the TV app, you can buy and subscribe to Apple TV channels such as the Smithsonian Channel. Just tap the "Try It Free" button to start a one-week free trial or pay immediately if you've already used up your trial. Your first invoice date after the trial will appear in the confirmation message, and you can always cancel beforehand, if you wish.
7. You can view content directly from the app
Yes, you can watch your iTunes content from the TV app, but now you can watch shows from any of the premium Apple TV channels subscribed to in the app. I can not create screenshots or GIFs because it makes the video black, but it definitely works. However, for content from your cable provider, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc., it still opens in the appropriate application.
Just like You can download iTunes for offline viewing so you can download content from all the subscribed Apple TV channels. However, this seems a bit flawed right now because I have not been able to download anything yet.
The info pages for one Movie looks a bit different, with the old still image and the cover image replaced by a rounded rectangular cover. The buttons to buy, rent and play are now huge and appear above the description.
Further down the page there is a new section "How To Watch". The old "Rating and Reviews" section has been renamed "About" and is currently re-exchanging the iTunes reviews for the description of the movie.
It is similar in TV series. In addition, episodes are in a single horizontal row where you swipe, and the brief description above refers to the currently selected episode while the series description has been moved to the About section.
As with other parts of the app, some parts of the Library tab have been scaled down. In your purchased iTunes movie list, instead of the full DVD-like covers, the big box was essentially flipped on the side with highlighted rounded edges. That way, you can see more of your content all at once without dragging the list down. TV shows look just like a square box.
The "What to Watch" horizontal scroller has been adjusted to the others, and there are a few more horizontal wiping sections on this page. The Search tab looks pretty much the same. Aside from the above, there are a few minor improvements here and there. It would be too cumbersome to list them all. Inquire about whether you are in beta. As the iOS 12.3 beta version progresses, some of them may change and new features may appear. Stay tuned.