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Apple TV a new solid addition to your home, but in spite of bringing applications to the small screen it still has a way to go, Apple iPhones family keep coming out with ever larger screens. But with the launch of the new set-top box Apple TV, the largest iPhone in your home can be the one sitting in your living room. Apple has a history of update of its most popular products every year, but Apple TV languished since 2012. There has been much speculation over the years that Apple may launch its own line of real TV, but it seems much more likely that they ‘will stick to make small set-top boxes that make existing TVs a bit smarter. In stores now, the new Apple TV comes in two models: a version of 32 GB for $ 199, and a 64GB version for $ 269. They are even more expensive Apple TVs, but they also do much more than the older models did. Just not all perfectly.
So far, set-top box Apple TV puck-sized served mainly as an easy way to rent or buy movies and TV shows from iTunes and get streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube on your TV. Other than the new Apple TV be taller and chunkier than its predecessor, the biggest change is that it can run applications, much like an iPhone and iPad. As of now, only a small application numbers have been modified to work with tvOS Apple, and they can be strangely difficult to find out the version of Apple TV App Store. But more will be added every week, covering everything from time to training.
The performance of the Apple TV is also greatly improved over previous models. Application download in a flash and release quickly, and there is slowness when switching between applications and menus. And while it’s a little silly cosmetic touch, the new screen savers – slow-motion videos air on San Francisco landmarks – are pleasant to look at.
Remote new Apple TV has been redesigned, with a clickable touchpad to navigate the menus and a microphone to issue commands to Siri, personal assistant voice recognition from Apple. The things that Siri is designed to do, it works very well – for example, the microphone button hold on the remote and say, “Find Season 5 Breaking Bad” and Siri will say that it is available in both Netflix and iTunes with a link to launch each application. “Rewind 30 seconds” or “Starting again from the beginning” works with movies, shows and videos. In the middle of a movie, asking “What was the score in the Oilers game?” It makes a pop-up bar appears at the bottom of the frame, the Edmonton Oilers me narrowly lost to the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta saying.
But I often found myself frustrated by Siri. Some of my requests may have been a little too ambitious, like asking, “Who is this?” Seeing an unknown singer in a video on Vevo. But ask Downton Abbey consistently resulted in Siri suggesting four shows with Abby in the title, and commands such as “Go to a minute brand” were beyond the comprehension of Siri during video playback. It’s clearly still a work in progress.
There are other edges with the new Apple TV. My most immediate annoyance is that the Remote app for iPhone and iPad does not work with the new device, and since you’ll probably be logging into a subscription-based service to set up your Apple TV, be prepared to painstakingly enter passwords one character at a time in remote Siri. Apple will certainly upgrade the Remote app, but this can not happen soon.
That said, one of the most intriguing – or at least entertaining – ways of using the new Apple TV is for games. Apple is late to the party in this regard, with set-top boxes for the Ouya Shield Nvidia has already bringing Android games to the big screen. But Apple has by far the best selection of games, and some prominent titles have made their way to the new Apple TV. Some, like the incredible adventure of Alto, look and play very well on the big screen. And I was surprised how well the racing game Asphalt 8: Airborne controls using the remote Siri held sideways and tilting it like a steering wheel. The new Apple TV is a great way for owners of iPhone and iPad to bring its small screen experience to the TV with the minimum of fuss, and is higher than most so-called Smart TVs in terms of speed, power and ease of use . But there is still work to be done, and more features that desperately need to be added.