Apple TV gains Picture in Picture for tvOS 13

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by Andy Bassett Jun 18, 2019 at 4:39 PM

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    Apple TV gains Picture in Picture for tvOS 13
    Reported on 9to5Mac, the latest beta of tvOS 13 now brings a function that most TV fans will probably see as pretty much indispensable - watching your content of choice while browsing through app hunting for the next thing to watch.
    iOS users saw this feature introduced in 2015 for iPads running iOS 9 and Google added it to Android Oreo in 2017. Now the Beta 2 of tvOS 13 appears to have introduced the useful feature.

    The Beta version appears to show that while in Picture in Picture (PiP) mode, users will see their content shrunk to a small box that floats in the corner of the screen allowing them to navigate around the full-screen homepage, choose alternative content or change settings. On-screen controls allow placement of the video thumbnail in any corner of the screen, resume full-screen playback or end playback and switch to the app.

    There’s speculation that because the feature wasn’t announced at Apple’s recent Developer’s Conference that it might not actually appear in the final version of the app. The public beta due in July will likely confirm that one way or the other but it would seem a smart move to include it given the emphasis that Apple is placing on their upcoming Apple TV+ service.

    Other features expected in tvOS 13 include support for Xbox and PlayStation 4 game controllers, personalised recommendations for each user’s profile and the ability to view on-screen lyrics while listening to music.

    The latest version of the Apple TV app was recently introduced to bring together all the ways to watch Apple’s TV service, so iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and selected Samsung TVs all use the same app for navigating content. Later in the year, Apple TV will also be coming to TVs from manufacturers such as LG, Sony and Vizio.

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