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You Can Now Have Zoom Meetings on an Apple TV | Computer Hardware

You Can Now Have Zoom Meetings on an Apple TV | Computer Hardware

When Apple introduced tvOS 17 last September, one eagerly awaited feature was its support for FaceTime calls, using the Continuity Camera on an iPhone or iPad to equip the Apple TV with the necessary camera and microphone. FaceTime on Apple TV Requires a second-generation Apple TV 4K or later, an iPhone and an iPhone running iOS 17 or an iPad running iPadOS 17.

The feature works very well. Setting up Continuity Camera is easy — you launch the FaceTime app on Apple TV, select your user profile, authenticate on iPhone or iPad, and then position iPhone or iPad in landscape orientation to The rear camera should face you. You can initiate FaceTime calls from Apple TV or transfer an ongoing call from iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. Video quality is excellent, audio is surprisingly good even across the room, and zoom and pan center stage to keep you in the picture. You can also add reactions like hearts and fireworks with hand gestures. Or not.

But that's not what we're here to talk about today. Apple also said that other video conferencing apps like Zoom and Webex will be coming to Apple TV, which could make Apple TV a great addition to offices and conference rooms everywhere. It's also perfect for joining Zoom-based exercise classes or community meetings from the comfort of your living room. In December 2023, Zoom was the first person out of the gate, sending him. Zoom in for Home TV. App for TVOS 17.

With the availability of Zoom, Apple TV becomes an interesting option for businesses and organizations that want to display video meetings on a larger screen. In the past, it was possible to use AirPlay to share an iPhone or iPad screen on an Apple TV, but it was difficult to position the iPhone or iPad effectively, and the high-quality rear-facing camera was difficult to use. There was no way to do it.

To get started, launch the Zoom app on Apple TV. It first prompts you to connect your iPhone via the Continuity Camera. Select the Apple ID account that matches the account you're signed in to on iPhone, hold iPhone close, tap the notification that appears, and tap Accept. Then, rotate the iPhone and set it on the TV base with the rear camera facing you.

After that, you will be asked to connect it to your account, which you can do by simply navigating. https://zoom.us/pair Entering another code on another device.

After connecting to your account, you can create a new meeting or join an existing meeting.

This is where things get tricky. Starting a meeting is easy—select New Meeting on the main screen—but inviting people is more difficult. You must painstakingly enter an email address to invite someone via email, starting from the contact screen or selecting Invite from a further pop-up menu. Instead, we recommend that you add people first. Personal contacts Screen in your account on the Zoom website. After that, you can select several people and invite them to the meeting. Unfortunately, in our testing, email invitations didn't always arrive.

The other option is to swipe to select the green shield button in the upper left corner on the clickpad during a meeting. It displays the meeting details, and the Join by Laptop button (second screenshot below) displays the URL, meeting ID, and passcode necessary to share in another channel, such as Messages or Phone. There is no other way to share a meeting link that we could find.

It's hard to join someone else's meeting. Most Zoom meetings are shared via a link, and once you click or tap it in an email, messages, calendar event, or website, the meeting starts. Apple TV breaks this model — there's no obvious way to load a Zoom link. FaceTime eliminates this limitation by making it easy to transfer a call from an iPhone to an Apple TV — just hold the iPhone close to the Apple TV, and a notification will suggest the move. Zoom offers no such option.

Instead, to join a Zoom call, you must manually enter the meeting ID and passcode. If you've only been sent the link, you'll need to request a passcode separately (the numeric meeting ID can be extracted from the URL). Entering letters with the Siri remote is slow and awkward, so we recommend using Siri, which recognizes spoken numbers well (press and hold the Siri button on the side of the remote). You can also use an iPhone or iPad as a remote control for Apple TV as you can type or copy and paste more efficiently on these devices. But if you're already using your iPhone for a continuity camera, for example, you'll need one. one more The device provides Zoom meeting history, which is helpful for recurring meetings, but you still have to enter the passcode each time.

After starting a call, touch the clickpad on the Siri Remote to reveal the zoom menu at the bottom of the screen. You can then navigate using the clickpad (press the center to activate the selected command) and the back button. Available options let you mute yourself, turn your video on and off, switch between normal zoom views, display zoom reactions, manage participants, invite more people, turn on captions, and the continuity camera. Controlling video effects (center stage, portrait mode, and Apple gesture reactions). Center Stage does a great job of following you as you move. Portrait mode makes the background a bit blurry. It is not a strong effect. If you press the back button to leave the Zoom app, your video is paused for others on the call.

Two common Zoom actions don't fully translate to Apple TV: chat and screen sharing. Incoming chat messages appear in the corner on Apple TV, but only for 6 seconds, and longer messages are truncated after a handful of lines. There is no way to keep them on the screen longer or go back to them. There is no way to reply to chat messages. Zoom does provide an option to share the screen on Apple TV, but that's its screen. one more Device — There's no app or desktop for sharing on Apple TV, and no, you can't share video.

Overall, the Zoom app for Apple TV feels like 1.0. Most of the features that make sense are there, but Zoom will take some time to fully adapt to a platform that lacks a keyboard or no way to follow links. If the company could add the ability to transfer an ongoing call from an iPhone or iPad to Apple TV like FaceTime can, that would help a lot. Another potential concern is having to match the Apple ID on the Apple TV to the iPhone—all possible logins can get confusing in a large office.

Regardless, Zoom works well enough to try out on an Apple TV. Just make sure to go through the initial setup well before your meeting begins.

(Featured image based on original from iStock.com/gorodenkoff)

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