Today Apple is rolling out updates to all of its operating systems. iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 are now going out to supported devices, packing in the new TV app that was announced at the company's March event.
The app is available in over 100 countries, all you need is a device with iOS 12.3 or tvOS 12.3 installed. You can also find the app on select Samsung smart TVs starting today. It will come to macOS "this fall".
The app lets you subscribe to Apple TV channels, paying only for those you want, and watch directly in the app, on demand. In the US, options include HBO, Starz, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Epix, and Tastemade. You'll also get personalized recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including "the largest collection of 4K HDR titles".
iOS 12.3 additionally fixes bugs and improves functionality in Apple News+, Apple Music, Apple TV Remote, AirPlay 2, and CarPlay. Select Samsung smart TVs also get AirPlay 2 support from today.
watchOS 5.2.1 is out too and it expands support for the ECG feature and irregular heart beat notifications to Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Iceland.
macOS 10.14.5 is meant as a bug fixing and performance improving release, so there's nothing new of note there. HomePod OS 12.3 adds support for "joining some types of enterprise networks that require unique credentials".
The install base of iOS devices is massive compared to OSX. Don't know if that also holds for TVOS vs OSX, but I could believe that being the case.
That is because Macs are a lot more expensive in other parts of the world, US prices for Macs are a lot more affordable. Even iPhones are more expensive outside US, iPhone XR that costs 750 USD in the US costs 900-1000 USD in Europe depending on the ...