One and a half years after the beta debut, Apple's iOS 12.3 update comes officially in final form today for the iPhone, iPads and iPod touch, along with TVOS 12.3 for Apple TV. Both releases focus heavily on TV related enhancements, including the addition of third-party television with AirPlay 2 features, integrated "Channel" subscriptions, and a revised TV app. According to Apple, the revised TV app will be available in over 100 countries today.
Originally announced at 2019 CES in January, Apple's support for third-party "smart TVs" can choose 2018 and 2019 models from Samsung, LG, Vizio and Sony to stream video and audio content from iOS devices using AirPlay 2 ; Apple later announced the mention of Roku and Amazon for their TV products. Since this feature depends on TV makers to add support via firmware updates and / or programs, it will roll out at different times for different manufacturers; Samsung's 201
Apple TV channels were announced in March at Apple's Show Time event, enabling Apple TV users to extend their video offer by subscribing to individual "channels". In the first iOS 12.3 beta, US customers could try out four introductory channels – Showtime, The Smithsonian Channel, Starz and Tastemade – starting with a one-week free trial and continuing as $ 5 to $ 11 monthly subscriptions. Additional channels were added in subsequent bait, and the final prices for each channel are likely to be visible during the day.
In addition to adding channels, Apple also updated its TV apps for both iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 to more closely integrate with the iTunes Store, allowing direct purchase and rental of movies and TV shows without leaving TV the app itself. The app now breaks movies, TV shows, sports and children's content at the top of the screen, while accessing Watch Now recommendations and your existing iTunes library either at the bottom of the screen (iOS) or the top (tvOS). Apple says its TV app now integrates content from over 150 video games, including individual channels from around the world.
Beyond AirPlay 2 support, Samsung confirmed that its 2019 smart TVs and selected models also receive the updated Apple TV app today. Macs will be able to run the new TV app in the fall, presumably on the yet-to-be-announced macOS 10.15.
Apart from iOS and tvOS updates, Apple releases the final version of watchOS 5.2.1 today with ECG app support for Iceland and a handful of Eastern European countries. MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 is also released, largely focused on bug fixes, but also adds third party app notary claims seeking Apple authentication without being released in the Mac App Store. Apple says 10.14.5 users will be able to use AirPlay 2 to stream Mac content to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs, including Samsung.
All the new updates can be downloaded for free from Apple's varied software update mechanisms. From the press time, they only begin to propagate through the servers. IOS and TVOS users can use the software update section of Settings, while watchOS users must use the Apple Watch app for iPhones, and macOS users can use the software update pane in System Preferences to download the software.