The new Apple TV brings apps to your living room with the tvOS operating system. This article lists the top tvOS apps and contains a video with every Apple TV app available in the App Store.
TV devices, such as Apple TV, are steadily gaining a presence in homes across the world. The latest Apple TV runs the tvOS operating system, which is similar iOS for the iPhone and iPad. In fact, tvOS is based on core iOS code. This means that Apple TV is fully capable of running apps, just like your iPhone and iPad.
Previous models of Apple TV only offered “channels” and not apps. There was no App Store. Instead, Apple worked with developers and pushed new channels as they were made available. This kept the number of channels down, as developers just didn’t have the technology to develop apps or the market to deploy them. Furthermore, the technology only allowed for simple apps. At best, they could play video and retrieve data such as weather forecasts. The 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs were quite limited.
Apple launched the new and improved Apple TV 4 running the tvOS operating system. Along with tvOS, Apple created the App Store for Apple TV, providing a market for developers. Although the number of apps pales in comparison to the iOS App Store, they offer much more functionality than previous Apple TV channels. In addition to video content apps, the tvOS App Store offers games and other utilities. In fact, some tvOS games rival those found on game consoles.
There’s a lot of tvOS apps in the App Store — too many to list in an article. New ones are added every day. It’s a moving target. Potential Apple TV owners are often curious about apps available to Apple TV. Unfortunately, they can’t browse the tvOS App Store without an Apple TV. A quick overview of the top 10 free and paid apps can assist potential Apple TV owners. Make sure to watch the video (below) showing every Apple TV app in the App Store.
Top 10 Free Apple TV tvOS Apps
Last updated: March 2, 2017
8. NBC: Watch shows such as The Voice and The Tonight Show the day after they air, without subscribing to a TV provider. Activation with a TV provider enables access to all NBC shows and complete seasons of select shows.
9. CBS: Stream over 8,500 episodes of top CBS shows, including The Big Bang Theory, Bull and Criminal Minds. The app is free for a one month trial, after which it costs $5.99 or $9.99 (commercial free).
Top 10 Paid Apple TV tvOS Apps
Last updated: March 2, 2017
All Apple TV tvOS Apps
If you want a complete overview of every Apple TV app, YouTuber AskUncleDavecom has created a video with a full list of tvOS apps. It features screenshots taken directly from the App Store, as he searches and scrolls the entire catalog of apps.
As you can see, Apple TV offers tons of tvOS apps. While it pales in comparison to the iOS App Store, the selection of tvOS apps continues to grow. As the platform gains in popularity, the selection of apps will expand.
If you’re looking for a specific Apple TV app, please leave a comment below. I’ll search for the app and post a reply.