Apple releases iOS 12.3 with new TV app and more

Carla Harmon
May 15, 2019

Hot on the heels of Apple's own release of updates to iOS and tvOS that include the company's new TV app, Samsung has announced that it too is launching the TV app today.

Apple rolled out its new Apple TV app Monday, touting that the television-watching platform would be available in more than 100 countries and on select Samsung Smart TV devices.

iOS 12.3 includes a brand-new TV app, which gives users access to Apple TV Channels. In the U.S., options include HBO, Starz, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Epix, and Tastemade.

The new app will also have a stronger focus on family-friendly content, and customers can enjoy a new, dedicated "Kids" section, highlighting editorially handpicked shows and movies for kids of all ages. After all, Apple is known to slow down older phones with its software updates.

It will also be possible to subscribe to Apple TV channels from within the app. Apple's original video subscription service, Apple TV+, will also be accessible from this app when it launches in the fall.

Samsung has started rolling out the new Apple TV app on compatible Smart TVs. Netflix has said it will not be included in Apple's channels, which means programming on Netflix will appear in search results but viewers will need to exit the Apple TV app. But at CES, several companies, including LG, Sony, and Vizio, told us that later this year they'd have the app, as well as support for AirPlay 2 and the Apple HomeKit, Apple's Siri-powered smart home system (think Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant).

You can now use Apple Pay to make purchases from iTunes, the App Store and Apple Books.

Do you have any questions about Apple TV Channels? That's likely when the new Apple TV+ service will launch.

Also starting today, customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TVs can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their smart TVs. See our disclosure policy for more details. MacRumors spotted the change in a recently updated support document.

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