Apple is famous for upgrading its hardware in regular increments. iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s… you get the picture. Apple will be holding a press event on September 9th and one of the main topics will be the release of its new version of Apple TV, its smart TV box that has a huge number of apps and features for its users to control from the couch. Apple is also notorious for being a finicky platform for developers due to its strict regulations and high standards. Here’s what app developers are hoping to see with the release of the new Apple TV.
The first thing app developers want, naturally, is more access to the platform! Right now there are only 60 third-party apps available on the app store. That’s a shockingly small number when considering the iOS App Store has 1.5 million apps currently available to download. The 60 apps that are available now are also forced to obey a strict set of guidelines, such as requiring a top navigation bar and walls of text over a boring black background. App developers are by nature creative people who would love the ability to show off their own unique spin on the user experience and aesthetics within an app. Sure it’s consistent, but as any smartphone user knows, consistency isn’t necessary for a positive experience.
The next big hope is that Apple will provide universal searches for the Apple TV. This is an increasingly-popular feature that will already be implemented in the release of iOS9. Basically, if a user searches for anything via the search bar or Siri, the content of every app will be indexed and available to be retrieved. Want to watch a certain show but don’t know how to find it? Search the title and you’ll get hits from any app that has access to it without having to individually open every app to check. It’s a smart solution that would make perfect sense on the Apple TV device.
App developers are also hoping for beefed up hardware so that they can provide the best user experience possible. Features like picture-in-picture and multitasking on the big screen would be huge bonuses for app developers who want to make useful and functional apps. They’re also hoping for advances in the Apple TV remote so that apps will be easier to navigate and overall offer more functionality.
The Apple TV is sure to be a powerful, sleek device. Apple will release more information during their press event on September 9th!
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