No iPhone, no Apple TV: bad news for Android users

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Apple may even incur the ire of iPhone owners with its latest update

No iPhone, no Apple TV: bad news for users Android

Apple TVs now run on tvOS 16, the most recent version of their in-house operating system. But if the cases in question are obvious accessories of choice for all iPhone users, the task begins to get complicated. Indeed, the linked devices must now all run on iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 at least, even though some do not want to install these editions, because they are victims of rather annoying bugs. But that’s not all, since a major incident also affects consumers whose mobile runs Android.

According to several testimonials collected on the net, Apple requires to have an iPhone or an iPad available to carry out certain necessary validations of the Apple TV. This is particularly the case for accepting new iCloud terms of use. An essential step for security and confidentiality. For now, the criticisms are fairly circumscribed, but lawmakers could grab hold of the matter if a fix isn't released soon

Competition takes a serious hit

This is not at all the first time that such a situation has occurred. It happens quite regularly that Apple blocks the use of certain features for those who are not up to date with its most recent updates. Ditto if you have not invested in one of its mobiles. We remember, for example, the case of reactions to messages, which still do not translate correctly, because Cupertino does not want to switch to RCS.

It happens, however, that the firm at the apple makes some efforts, in particular when Internet users subscribed to Apple Music on Android were treated to Spatial Audio. But there is always very difficult to use an Apple Watch everyday if you don’t have an iPhone. Ditto for the HomePod, whose second generation is apparently in the cards.

This could get worse in the future

For now, the Apple TV is still not 100% inoperable if you don't have an iPhone. The manufacturer just keeps showing regular prompts to urge you to update your gear, like when WhatsApp forced its users to accept its new privacy policy. Despite everything, the experience of those who do not have an iOS mobile available is today greatly degraded by all these untimely notifications.

And this could not work out: iOS 17 will land after the Worldwide Developer Conference, with its share of incompatibilities there again. Better still switch to Chromecast, for those who are not afraid of Google.

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