Apple has announced a software update that will add support for FaceTime video calls to the Apple TV 4K, says the manufacturer’s official website.
With tvOS 17, users will be able to initiate calls directly from Apple TV, or start calls on an iPhone or iPad and transfer them to the set-top box. FaceTime on Apple TV will use Continuity Camera support to wirelessly connect to an iPhone or iPad to use their camera and microphone during a video call.
tvOS 17 also introduces a new Control Center that will simplify access to key settings and information while using Apple TV. It will display system status, including time and active profile, and expand with other useful details based on user activity.
tvOS 17 is available in developer beta now, and will be available as a free update this fall.
“tvOS 17 transforms the biggest screen in the home with FaceTime and new video conferencing capabilities, giving Apple TV 4K users the ability to easily connect with anyone right from their living room,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
It was previously reported that the results of Apple for the QII, which ended on April 1, exceeded market forecasts. The company was able to achieve this thanks to better-than-expected iPhone sales and a strong push in India and other emerging markets. Apple’s sales in the mentioned period fell by 2.5% to $94.8 billion despite expectations of a 4.4% decline. The company’s earnings remained at $1.52 per share compared to the forecast of $1.43 per share.