Apple TV is pretty awesome. Like it’s competitors including the Chrome Stick and Roku box, it allows you to watch digital content on your TV that isn’t from cable. Apple TV brings Netflix, Hulu, and all of your Apple content from iTunes to your big screen. With its first update since it’s introduction to the market in 2010, Apple TV 2015 is a big improvement.
The first notable change is the remote. Original Apple TV’s remote kind of resembled the original iPod and it was a bit confusing and outdated. The new remote is slightly larger (read: not as easy to lose!) and much more attractive. It fits more clearly, at least visually, with Apple’s other product offerings. The new remote has a home button so you don’t have to keep going back and back and back all the time. You can also use the new Siri voice search feature just by pressing a button. No more struggling to press every letter with a frustrating interface. The remote also acts as a game controller, kind of like with Nintendo Wii. It has a gyroscope and accelerometer in it to record your movements. Lastly, there are no batteries with this new Apple TV remote, it charges with Apple’s proprietary lightening cable.
More importantly, the OS of Apple TV 2015 is much more polished and less jumpy than the older one. The first improvement is definitely the background. No longer will you be staring into the black ether, you will be looking at a more pleasant background while you choose your media. Setting up is easy as long as you have another Apple device, if you don’t, you will have to do it with the remote which kind of sucks. The one thing that is still kind of archaic is the keyboard, which you may have to use once in a while, despite the focus on voice features. Typing is frustrating, but that’s really the only thing. Videos seem to load faster, and it is easier to fast forward and rewind with the new remote. Even gaming is pretty great, to pretty much everyone’s surprise.
The one glaring downside to the device is that it does not support 4K content in any way whatsoever. Running out to buy a new Apple TV won’t do a thing for your 4K Television, and there is no way to upgrade it in the future. Instead, Apple will undoubtedly roll out an Apple TV-S or some similarly named device in the near future with full 4K capabilities. However, the cost of the device is low enough that buying one now and replacing it soon is still not a prohibitive reason to delay your streaming gratification.
Overall, the newest update to Apple TV is a very welcome improvement.
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