Developer shows Picture-in-Picture working on Apple TV 4

One of the major new features Apple introduced in iOS 9 was the ability to take advantage of Picture in Picture mode on supported iPad models; a multitasking mode perfect for watching videos while tackling other tasks at the same time, such as web browsing, document writing, social networking, and more.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has demonstrated Picture in Picture multitasking on the Apple TV 4 via a custom app he made for himself, showing that the hardware inside of the Apple TV on the latest firmware is capable of handing the feature, but it appears Apple has chosen not to include it (yet).

Picture in Picture in tvOS

For those unfamiliar with the feature, Picture in Picture mode allows you to continue listening to the videos in the background, and it even lets you watch a preview of the video in a small thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of the screen while you do other things on your device.

Troughton-Smith shared the following video on YouTube you can watch that shows the feature working on an Apple TV 4:

What we can see from the video demonstration is that the A8 chip inside of the Apple TV 4 packs plenty of power to handle the multitasking abilities and that it looks absolutely stunning as a part of tvOS.


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