The Apple TV app for macOS is reportedly about to get a redesign that includes a left sidebar. That will apparently make it nearly identical to the iPad version.
The update might debut in macOS Ventura 13.3, which is currently in beta.
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The Apple TV app provides access to the Apple TV+ streaming service, but that’s only the beginning. It’s the replacement for the old iTunes app, and lets users rent or buy movies.
The design for the iPad version includes a large primary panel and a left sidebar. The sidebar gives easy access to series and films on Apple’s streaming service, plus the user’s library of content they purchased through iTunes or the Apple TV itself.
The macOS version doesn’t have the sidebar. Instead it has collection of links to tabs across the top. But that’s allegedly going to change soon.
9to5Mac managed to coax a redesigned version out of the macOS 16.3 beta, and it includes the left sidebar, just as the iPad version does. The top buttons are gone.
Coming soon? Maybe.
macOS 13.3 has been in beta testing since mid February. The process is winding up, and the full release should be out in a few weeks.
But the Apple TV redesign is not currently available to beta testers. 9to5Mac says it had to do “a little bit of trickery” to get it to appear. That raises the possibility that the left sidebar might not be deployed until macOS 13.4 or even later.