Using tvOS to Build an Apple TV Dashboard App
Although the Apple TV was introduced in 2007, its adoption was slow, and it was famously described as “a hobby” by Steve Jobs. At that time, its main purpose was to serve as a set-top box for media purchased on iTunes. In 2012, a lower-priced, iOS-inspired Apple TV 2 came out and took off immediately. Instead of being limited to iTunes content, users could suddenly watch content from Netflix and popular TV channels via apps that were packaged with system updates. This led many people to suspect that the device was, in fact, based on a fork of iOS, and the hope was that Apple would one day offer its software development kit to all developers.