Zoom app for Apple TV surfaces in the App Store

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited December 2023

The video conferencing app Zoom has quietly arrived on Apple TV 4K, allowing users to conduct meetings via their television and an iPhone or iPad.




When Apple introduced tvOS 17 in June, it said that FaceTime calls were arriving on Apple TV 4K, with Zoom and Webex apps offering similar features later in the year. At the start of December, it appears that Zoom's app has started to roll out.

Detailed by Sigmund Judge on X in a Saturday morning post, a listing for "Zoom - for Home TV' appears in the Apple TV version of the App Store. AppleInsider has separately confirmed the listing exists.

The app claims it requires a second-generation Apple TV 4K or later to function, and that it relies on the Continuity Camera of the iPhone and iPad.

With the Apple TV app, Zoom users can start or join meetings complete with video and audio, view in-meeting chat, and invite friends and colleagues to conversations. It also has a calendar integration, and users can even be assigned to a breakout room.

Zoom's existing "for Home" section of its website details the ways certified Zoom for Home devices can be used, with the roster including the Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest Hub. There is no mention of Zoom for Apple TV on the site, nor any press release or confirmation of the app's release, making the quiet unpublicized rollout a curious decision by the company.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,553member
    I just read the App Privacy statement for this app. The app gets access to your photos and emails, and about a dozen other categories of private data. No thanks.

    Everyone should read the long wikipedia article about Zoom's security. I won't quote the whole thing, but the first sentence summarizes it:

    Zoom has been criticized for "security lapses and poor design choices" that have resulted in heightened scrutiny of its software.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_(software)#Reception
    Alex1N
  • Reply 2 of 4
    I just read the App Privacy statement for this app. The app gets access to your photos and emails, and about a dozen other categories of private data. No thanks.

    Everyone should read the long wikipedia article about Zoom's security. I won't quote the whole thing, but the first sentence summarizes it:

    Zoom has been criticized for "security lapses and poor design choices" that have resulted in heightened scrutiny of its software.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_(software)#Reception
    Yes it does need access to your photos for one very good reason, Screen Sharing. You need access to the videos and pictures you want to share and guess where they’re stored in iOS?

    As for the security issues, they were largely due to a rapid uptake in users thanks to COVID and have come a long way since then.

    Zoom is still the best video conferencing software for large numbers of participants. It can support 10000.

    Paid Skype and WebEx can do 100.

    FaceTime can only do 32.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,553member
    I just read the App Privacy statement for this app. The app gets access to your photos and emails, and about a dozen other categories of private data. No thanks.

    Everyone should read the long wikipedia article about Zoom's security. I won't quote the whole thing, but the first sentence summarizes it:

    Zoom has been criticized for "security lapses and poor design choices" that have resulted in heightened scrutiny of its software.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_(software)#Reception
    Yes it does need access to your photos for one very good reason, Screen Sharing. You need access to the videos and pictures you want to share and guess where they’re stored in iOS?

    As for the security issues, they were largely due to a rapid uptake in users thanks to COVID and have come a long way since then.

    Zoom is still the best video conferencing software for large numbers of participants. It can support 10000.

    Paid Skype and WebEx can do 100.

    FaceTime can only do 32.
    On macOS I'm asked "Program X wants access to your Photos" for any app that tries to do that. Does Apple tvOS do the same thing?
  • Reply 4 of 4
    On macOS I'm asked "Program X wants access to your Photos" for any app that tries to do that. Does Apple tvOS do the same thing?
    I don’t think so but it probably takes its cues from your iPhone so doesn’t need to do that.

    I’ve not seen it on any other Apple TV app but I also can’t state anything because I only have Apple TV 3 and so can’t run apps like Zoom.
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