Apple TV devices will get native VPN app support in tvOS 17, according to Apple press release (via 9to5Mac). It’s one of the many features that didn’t make it to the keynote at WWDC 2023, but it could be a big deal for some people. Assuming the native VPN apps on your Apple streaming device work as they do elsewhere, you may not have to wait to get home to catch up on streaming shows when traveling with your Apple TV 4K.
Currently, in tvOS 17, to use a VPN with your Apple TV, you’ll need to do something like install a VPN on your router to do this, and not all routers support this. Native VPN support is one of the rare features that Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV devices have on Apple TV today.
We reached out to a few VPN services like NordVPN and Express VPN to see if they have any plans to develop native apps for the Apple TV.
Native VPN support is already available on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and adding the ability to your Apple TV would probably be great news — not just because it might mean you can stream shows not available in your country. VPNs on other devices can let you use TikTok at a price The university that was bannedwhile selecting servers outside of your own location may allow you to download the beleaguered social media app if broader bans go into effect in a state like Montana, for example.
Other new features of tvOS 17 have been announced in ver Enhanced dialogue inclusion, which separates dialogue from background noise and routes it through your center channel, and Dolby Vision 8.1 support. It will also provide updates for Apple Fitness+ that will add customized exercise and meditation plans that you can schedule based on things like your day, preferred duration, and type of exercise. It also adds stacked workouts—essentially a workout playlist option—and Audio Focus, which lets you prioritize music volume or the voices of Apple trainers.