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Seven apps we want to see on Apple TV: The best iOS apps ready for the Apple TV

Lewis Painter | May 25, 2015
There are rumours of a redesigned Apple TV complete with its own App Store making an appearance at Apple's WWDC 2015 event in June, and it's a redesign we welcome as the Apple TV has been neglected in recent years. After much debate, we've decided on seven apps that we would love to see supported on the Apple TV.

Seven apps we want to see on Apple TV: Tweetbot for Twitter

It seems like the whole world is a part of social media these days, so it'd be crazy to leave out some kind of Twitter app from the Apple TV if Apple did add an App Store. But instead of choosing the official Twitter client, we've decided to opt for Tweetbot 3 for Twitter, a third party Twitter client for the iPhone. Why? We feel that the overall design of Tweetbot reflects iOS8 more than the official client, making it the better option to showcase on the Apple TV.

That's not the only reason though, as Tweetbot also supports streaming of tweets, negating the need to refresh your timeline - a feature that would be very helpful on the Apple TV, you could just sit there and let the tweets appear. It would also change the way we interact with tweets, as discovering and watching vines via Twitter on a big screen with friends is a much more enjoyable experience than trying to show friends using your iPhone.

It would be great for events too - you could open Tweetbot, track a specific hashtag and see the tweets about the event appear in real time on the TV. It may even encourage people to tweet about the event, who knows.

Seven apps we want to see on Apple TV: TVCatchup

Even though Apple is rumoured to be launching a streaming service pretty soon, we'd imagine it to be US only at launch (like most other things) - so what does the rest of the world do? We may not be able to get the content that Apple might offer, but we have a UK alternative - TVCatchup. TVCatchup is legal (thanks to a legal loophole) and is a free app that allows you to watch live TV on your iOS device, and boasts 9.5 million active monthly users.

The app broadcasts popular UK channels including BBC One, Two, Three, Four, CBBC and BBC News as well as the likes of ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Viva. It used to include more channels, including E4 and ITV 2 and but TVCatchup was forced to remove 21 ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 channels after a high court ruling in 2013.

It'd be a great addition to the Apple TV, and relying on an internet rather than a signal is a step in the right direction, especially for users in a poor TV signal area. It'd transform the Apple TV from a place for on-demand TV to a place where you can watch live TV and have on-demand services at your fingertips without even having to change the TV source.

 

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