Not so long ago , Steve Jobs introduced the Apple TV along with the guidelines that the company followed in making the device. Some of the features that have had an influence in its design include the sync-free capability, ease of installation, and storage management, all of which are thoroughly described below.
Sync. Steve Jobs described how some people who use digital media players don’t even know what “syncing” means, therefore they don’t want to go through the process of doing it. According to him, the Apple TV aims to lessen the hassles of using media players. They’ve achieved this by eliminating the need to sync their device with any other software before actually watching shows or movies.
In 2015, Apple released the latest digital media player as successor to their previous generations of Apple TV. Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, believes that the future of modern television relies in apps. He also made sure that everyone was aware of his belief that apps were the key element, even on the TV platform.
The company’s presentation mainly focused on describing how the Apple TV’s new and redeveloped design makes TV-viewing revolutionary. It also highlighted how the device has “liberated television”.
The device’s primary feature is to enable video streaming from the internet. Other media files such as photos and videos can also be viewed from iOS-enabled devices through Airplay. Users can either purchase or rent videos, or access video streaming sites like YouTube and Netflix. They also have access to direct streaming, along with the following features:
The built-in Photo app lets users sync their iCloud library so the images can also be displayed on TV.
The Looks of Apple TV
Now that the key features of Apple’s device have been discussed, it’s time to talk about its looks. Physically, it is a black plastic box just about the size of a human hand. This is known as a streaming media player or a set-top box and can only be externally controlled. The Apple Remote device or the Apple Remote App can perform this, the latter is a downloadable app compatible only with iOS devices. Infrared-capable remotes from third-party companies may also be compatible.
How Does it Work?
The media player should be connected to the preferred television set via HDMI cable and then to a wireless network. The input should be switched to the set-top box instead of the cable or regular TV. After doing so, the user connects the TV to the internet.
The Remote Upgrade
As mentioned, the 4th generation of the device comes with controller known as Siri Remote. The Siri remote is proven to be likeable due to its user-friendly and hi-tech features such as the following:
The redesigned remote now features dual microphones for ease of use. It also comes with a touchpad, allowing for navigating through tapping or swiping (to rewind and fast forward). It has a home button, a button for the menu, the respective button for Siri, and a Play/Pause and Volume Up/Down button for the TV.
This version of Siri can perform everything the iOS version can do. Users can ask Siri to search for a movie and it will search the internet for multiple sources and display the options where the content may be available to the user. Certain actions like temporary captions, Play/Pause, rewind 20 seconds back, and toggling applications are also possible.
Other Notable Features of Apple TV
Another benefit is in regards with its tvOS advancement. Not only can users purchase apps and games from the designated app store, but many of the applications and games in the app are actually free of charge for any user to enjoy.
In terms of audiovisual entertainment, choices of video-streaming apps are automatically available upon installation of the Apple TV. Examples are Netflix and Now TV, which are ready to use and available on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of the device.
Disadvantages of Apple TV
Though some customers find the Apple TV’s features to be complete and impeccable, the device still has its own cons, such as the lack of support for 4K or HDR videos. Below, you’ll discover more of those downsides.
Apple’s other competitors have at least one model in their line of digital streaming players that support the aforesaid formats.
Regardless of its disadvantages, the Apple TV offers features and possibilities that lots of people appreciate. With that, it has earned the confidence of customers.
Compared to its Predecessors
So far, the Apple TV’s latest iteration has been the focus of this article. Well, it’s safe to say that many are interested to know just how different it is from its predecessors. Below are the key differences between the various iterations of the device.
Unlike the 1st and 4th generations, the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Apple TV have support for micro USB since these didn’t come with internal storage for media.
Compared to its Competitors
Most agree that the Apple TV is an admirable streaming media player in every way, though other users would argue that some other brands deliver better quality and value for the money.
Compared to other streaming media players on the market, the Apple TV is a lot more expensive. It is almost twice the price of similar devices from different manufacturers. This is somewhat understandable though, as Apple positions its offerings as aspirational products.
There are those who stay away from Apple’s offering due to the hefty price tags. But, Apple has built their reputation from delivering customer satisfaction in every gadget they release to the public, including the four generations of the Apple TV. Many of the customers who purchased the device posted their experiences online. Of course, such reviews should prove to be valuable sources of information to those yet to decide which set-top box to invest in. Look at the image below to get an idea of what a used device would cost you:
All in all, even though the 4th Generation Apple TV is remarkable in many ways, it’s still important for every potential buyer to weigh its pros and cons. Apple TV is also available with streaming service DirecTV Now in a discount package.