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The Apple TV streaming box is about to get a lot better.

The Siri voice-activated personal assistant will soon be able to recognise more complex topical queries and search accordingly. So you can ask it to show "high-school comedies from the 80s" for example, and you'll be presented with 'Porkies' and its ilk.

Siri can also search YouTube, if you ask it to. And it can launch a streaming channel that includes live programming without having to go through the menu screen – just say "watch" followed by the name of the app. Simple.

A new dark mode turns the background black for nighttime viewing, a bit like the Night Shift mode on iOS.

Apple is also improving the Apple TV Remote app for iOS, that lets you control your Apple TV from your iPhone. It will now boast all the same features as found in the hardware remote, including Siri, motion controls and a touchpad interface. Plus of course it's got a keyboard for inputting text.

Download any Apple TV-compatible app to your iPhone or iPad, and it'll automatically appear on your Apple TV. Plus, the Apple TV now has a single sign-on feature, which means you only have to sign in once to authenticate all apps. No more constantly inputting passwords!

Apple announced these improvements at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in California.

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