With March Madness about to kick off it’s been announced that Live Activities and CarPlay will be coming to the app this year. It’s the first time that either feature has been added to the app.
Live Activities allow people to see information in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max’s Dynamic Island, while their Always-On Lock Screens also ensure that information is available at all times, even when their iPhone is off. Live Activities are also available on other iPhone Home screens, but only when they’re away.
In a press release, the March Madness app’s new features were outlined in detail.
NCAA March Madness Live will greet users with an upgraded Home Screen built for better content discoverability of live streams, articles and more creating a seamless experience for users both new and old. For the first time, users will also be able to take advantage of Apple’s Live Activities feature in iOS 16.1+, that when enabled will provide interactive notifications and faster access to live games directly from the lock screen on their mobile devices.
The same press release said that live game streaming audio will be available to users via the same app and Apple CarPLay, making it easier for people to stay up to speed with what’s going on in games.
Nearly 98% of new cars are equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the U.S. For the first time, NCAA March Madness Live will have a robust product integration into these services with live game audio powered by Westwood One national feeds to keep fans who are on-the-go, in-the-know.
The Apple TV app is also getting some love, as is the app on other platforms. The NCAA says games will stream in 1080p and with 5.1 surround sound.
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