I used to be listening to the newest episode of Improve, and, amongst a number of truthful factors concerning the shortcomings of Apple’s TV app for iPhone and iPad, Jason Snell talked about a difficulty that stood out to me: in the event you don’t know the place to look, it may be onerous to inform the place precisely the Apple TV+ service lives contained in the Apple TV app. This sentiment was echoed earlier as we speak in this text by Benjamin Mayo at 9to5Mac:
Apple has made only a few adjustments to the TV app design and have set to accommodate the TV+ launch. TV+ is shoehorned in as simply one other supply of content material with little or no consideration. With different streaming providers, if you wish to decide to their world and discover every part they’ve to supply, you’ll be able to simply open the devoted app and by no means contact the TV app. With TV+, that’s merely not potential.
There’s a channel part of the TV app that’s devoted to TV+ content material — however it’s removed from good. Discovering the TV+ part requires numerous scrolling, meandering previous a number of screens price of Watch Now suggestions for every part within the iTunes catalog.
I’ve been watching The Morning Present over the weekend (which I surprisingly appreciated so much; I’m going to begin For All Mankind and See subsequent), and although I’m used to the TV app’s quirks by now, I acknowledge that its navigation must be improved. And particularly concerning the brand new Apple TV+ service, I do imagine that it’s considerably buried within the TV app expertise – by default, Apple doesn’t provide a single, straightforward approach to open a “web page” with Apple TV+’s full catalog. So, I had to determine an answer by myself.
This morning I had an concept: when you have an Apple Music hyperlink, you’ll be able to exchange its
https portion with
music and the linked content material will open instantly within the Music app as a substitute of launching Safari, then redirecting you to the Music app. That is potential as a result of Apple Music is a largely web-based expertise: the native app on iPhone or iPad is able to opening particular person gadgets by merely referencing their internet hyperlinks. This technique has allowed Apple to port Apple Music to Android and, most just lately, the net. What if Apple used an analogous method for Apple TV+ content material and the TV app, permitting each internet hyperlink to be opened instantly within the app, thus offering an answer to the aforementioned navigation issues?
I’ve executed some digging, and my hunch was right: identical to with Apple Music, you’ll be able to exchange the
https portion of Apple TV+ content material URLs with
com.apple.television to load linked gadgets instantly within the TV app with none Safari redirection.
Clearly, I’ve created a shortcut that takes care of all this for you and allows you to launch any Apple TV+ part you need with solely a pair faucets. Known as Apple TV+ Launcher, the shortcut helps you to launch the Apple TV+ entrance web page, plus particular person present pages for The Morning Present, For All Mankind, See, and Dickinson. You simply want to select the part you need to open from a listing and it’ll launch contained in the TV app for iPhone and iPad.
Permit me to share a couple of tidbits on this launcher. First, I needed to have a simple approach to launch some variety of Apple TV+ homepage, however I couldn’t work out the place to seek out its URL – loading
television.apple.com within the TV app wasn’t working. It seems, nevertheless, that the hyperlink within the bio of Apple TV’s Twitter account contained, as soon as expanded, the right touchdown web page parameter to view what Apple at the moment considers the “entrance web page” of Apple TV+. Proper now, it seems to be like this:
Moreover, the shortcut’s default listing consists of 4 particular person reveals, however you’ll be able to customise it with extra reveals or motion pictures. Merely add a brand new ‘Textual content’ merchandise to the motion initially of the shortcut, give it the title you need, and paste its hyperlink within the ‘Worth’ subject. Discovering hyperlinks for Apple TV+ reveals is simple: when you’ve discovered the present within the TV app, faucet the share button within the top-right nook and choose ‘Copy’ within the share sheet. Paste the
https://television.apple.com URL as-is on the high of the shortcut, and the app will do the remainder for you. Because of this method, when new TV+ reveals or motion pictures come out and also you need to modify the launchers within the listing, you are able to do so in only a few seconds.
As is commonly the case with these workarounds, I need to stress that, ideally, I shouldn’t should put collectively a shortcut to work round Apple’s shortcomings. However as a substitute of simply complaining about this level, I choose to behave on it and construct an answer that may assist me (and others) save time every day.
You may obtain Apple TV+ Launcher under and discover it within the MacStories Shortcuts Archive.
Apple TV+ Launcher
Launch completely different sections of the Apple TV+ service in Apple’s TV app. The shortcut helps the Apple TV+ entrance web page and particular person reveals, and might be personalized to launch extra reveals or motion pictures.