Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Apple TV coming

Last time I talked about the new Google Chromecast for your TV. Today, I'll highlight the features of the new Apple TV.

As I mentioned, the $35 Chromecast is a whole lot cheaper than the current Apple TV at $70. The new Apple TV will sell for $150-$200  when it goes on sale later this month or early November.

Here are some of the features of the new device:

  • Typical TV apps – Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, iTunes, ABC, Disney, HBO, Showtime, etc.
  • New apps available in the App Store (including games)
  • Customizable home screen
  • Dual-core A8 processor
  • Includes 802.11/ac
  • New remote with touch and voice interface (Siri Remote)
  • Quick, two tap app switching 
  • Use Siri just like on your phone (for weather, sports, stocks, etc.)
  • Remote can also be used for your TV (for volume, on/off)
  • Like the old Apple TV you can use a Bluetooth keyboard
  • Uses both Bluetooth 4 and IR transmitter
  • Remote is rechargeable with a lightning/USB cable (3 months between charges.)
  • Also has a gyro and accelerometer for games and possibly pointing
  • You will also be able to use your iPhone as a remote

I'm not sure if the additional functionality of the remote would be enough to convince me to upgrade, but if this is your first Apple TV, it might be worth it. 

With a suitable app, it could be used as a digital media player, but it's unclear whether or not Apple wants to play in that space.

Are you considering one?

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