Apple’s new TV app lands with latest iOS 10 beta

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The TV app is set to go public in December.
The TV app is set to go public in December.
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Apple seeded a fresh batch of beta updates to developers this morning. Among the new goodies is the new TV app that was demoed during Apple’s October keynote.

The new TV app can be found in iOS 10 beta 2. Apple also added a couple of other new features to the beta, including a new SOS feature.

Developers can grab iOS 10 beta 2, tvOS 10.1 beta 2 and watchOS 3.1.1 beta 2 now. All can be downloaded directly from the Apple Developer Center. If you already have the proper configuration file on your iPhone or iPad, you can download the iOS beta via an over-the-air update.

Discovering TV with Apple’s TV app

Apple’s new TV app aims to unify viewers’ experience on iOS and Apple TV by presenting all the content you can stream in one place. The app has a Watch Now tab with recommendations of shows and movies to watch on different streaming services. The Library tab keeps track of everything you’ve purchased or rented. Unfortunately, Apple’s TV app doesn’t work with Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Other notable inclusions in iOS 10.2 beta 2 include the ability to place an SOS call when you press the iPhone’s power button five times. Shuffle and Repeat buttons are also more prominent when playing music.

The last beta build of iOS 10.2 added dozens of new emoji and two new wallpapers for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Release notes for watchOS 3.1.1 beta 2 are scarce on details, but we’ll let you know if we find anything remarkable once we get it installed.