Apple’s new fourth-generation media streaming set-top box has arrived. And according to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook – “The future of TV is apps”. That is a bold statement which only the future can truly reveal. In the meantime, let’s have a quick look at this new media streaming device.
So what does it offer?
The new Apple TV is faster and easier to navigate than its predecessor. It has an A8 Apple dual-core processor, and 32GB or 64GB memory options. The user interface has been revamped and is much sleeker and more polished than its predecessor.
The operating system that drives this robust device is what Apple calls tvOS, which is basically an iOS platform reworked for TV.
Siri Takes on a New Role
Remote accessibility is excellent with this device and features a Siri Touchpad Remote with voice control. With the Siri remote, you tell your TV exactly what you want to watch, or ask Siri to give you programming options, for example, “Find me drama TV shows.” Siri will automatically search across popular services like iTunes, Netflix, and more to bring you episodes of your desired TV show genre.
There is a huge array of apps that are available to enjoy on Apple TV. Watch your favorite movies and TV shows on iTunes in addition to Netflix, Hulu, ABC, Disney, HBO, Showtime and dozens of more entertainment choices.
Video gaming is available on the Apple TV, with a host of video game apps such as Metal Morph, Galaxy on Fire: Manticore Rising, Shadowmatic and more, all available through the App Store. The Siri remote can be used as a controller or chose the optional SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller ($49.95).
Apple TV 4 also supports Dolby Digital 7.1 audio and Bluetooth capability for sending audio wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled headphones and speakers.
The Remote will operate your TV’s volume and “on and off” functions.
What’s not to like?
For starters, this platform does not support 4K video streaming, with 1080p being the highest resolution supported. This is not such a big deal at this time since there is not a lot of 4K streaming content available.
A big disappointment for many will be the exclusion of the Amazon Instant Video app. This should come as no surprise since Amazon is no longer selling Apple and Chromecast devices.
This device is also more expensive than other competing streaming options like Roku 4, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.
Siri’s voice recognition search doesn’t work in the App Store or with Apple Music, and only works with a handful of apps at this time including iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime.
Provided by Apple
Capacity and Price: 32GB -$149.00, 64GB – $199.00
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- IR transmitter
- Accelerometer and gyroscope
- Lightning connector for charging
- Rechargeable battery providing months of battery life on a single charge (with typical daily usage)
Ports and Interfaces:
- HDMI 1.4
- 11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
- 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- IR receiver
- USB‑C for service and support
- Built‑in power supply
Size and Weight:
Apple TV Device:
Height: 1.4 inches (35 mm)
Width: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Depth: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Weight: 15 ounces (425 g)
Height: 4.88 inches (124 mm)
Width: 1.5 inches (38 mm)
Depth: 0.25 inch (6.3 mm)
Weight: 1.66 ounces (47 g)
- iTunes purchasing and renting and Home Sharing require iTunes Store account
- Requires 802.11 wireless, Ethernet network, or broadband Internet access
- Wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, b, g, n, or ac
- Requires HDMI cable (sold separately)
Current Apple TV models available at Walmart.com.