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Apple TVOS 14 available Sept. 16 with picture-in-picture, Xbox controller support

The Apple TV box's software also includes YouTube in 4K and the ability to pair two sets of AirPods.

Apple Arcade now has support for multiple users on Apple TV. 
Screenshot by Sarah Tew/CNET

Apple is adding new features to its Apple TV software. At its September event the company announced that new software for its streaming box, known as TVOS 14, would be available starting tomorrow, Sept. 16.  The update adds camera integration from HomeKit-supported smart video cameras and doorbells, a picture-in-picture mode and updates to the Apple Arcade video game service. 

Arcade will now support multiple profiles and can be paired with the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive controllers. AirPlay, meanwhile, now supports 4K streaming of videos from the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. 

Also new is support for connecting and listening with up to two sets of AirPods, as well as support for watching YouTube in 4K. 


With the new version of TVOS, the Apple TV will allow you to take advantage of picture-in-picture video. 

Screenshot by Sarah Tew/CNET

The software will be available at the same time Apple debuts iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and WatchOS 7.  

With the new update, Apple is making the Apple TV stronger as competition increases among media streamers and smart TVs, with Roku and Amazon making up the lion's share of the market with their respective platforms, Roku and Fire TV. Apple did not announce a new Apple TV device at its September 2020 event.

Read more: My Apple TV 4K wishlist: 4 things I want to see in a 2020 refresh

Google, which has its own rival smart TV software known as Android TV, is rumored to be prepping a $50 dongle that will allow for videos in 4K HDR on TVs and for playing games through its Stadia video game streaming service. It could be announced at Google's Sept. 30 event

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