IOS 12.3 Delivers Apple Channels and AirPlay 2

IOS 12.3 Delivers Apple Channels and AirPlay 2

Unsurprisingly, the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update follows in iOS 12.3's footsteps with support for sharing media content from your Mac to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs and by letting you follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view. Today, alongside the redesign of the Apple TV app, support for it and AirPlay 2 is going live on Samsung's smart TVs, turning the South Korean tech giant into the first TV manufacturer to natively support Apple's services without a set-top box. While only a small slice of the overall SVOD universe is participating at launch - and Netflix is definitely not being integrated anytime soon - the mission is to present a comprehensive viewing offering inside the TV app. Apple has been working with some of the biggest TV manufacturers to expand the footprint of its new TV app.

Owners of updated TVs will now be able to access movies and TV shows in their iTunes library and browse through 100,000 movies and TV shows available to buy or rent through iTunes by simply selecting the Apple TV app icon on the TV screen.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? "In the US, Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world".

Locally, Australian channels seem to be more of a "coming soon" affair, though Apple is providing a curated list of TV shows and movies through the system, with content for kids at different age groups collected as a way of providing suggestions for them to watch.

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The update fixes a bug that prevented the InstalledApplicationList MDM command from recognizing that updates are available for apps installed via Apple's Volume Purchase Program.

Oh, one more thing. The support is arriving in the form a firmware update. The company has fixed the issue where numbers weren't showing for some users in the Explorer face.

You can install the 126 MB watchOS 5.2.1 update using the iPhone's Watch app (go to Watch General Software Update).

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