Apple has been a company which has been heavily marketing itself on the ‘innovativeness’.
The latest from their hardware launches was the release of the Apple TV, and while many talked about the iPhones and the iPads that came out, Apple TV has been a neglected topic.
We at TheREM decided to cover the Apple TV, and following are some of our observations that we would like to share:
Priced in at a price point of $149, the Apple TV costs more than all its competitors! $129 for Roku 4, the $99 Amazon Fire TV 2, and the $99 Google Nexus Player are all cheaper offerings which offer similar features.
However, when it comes to Apple, there’s always a matter of something that’s different! The difference begins to be noticed right from the moment you begin installing the TV.
The setup, which normally would need users entering Wi-Fi passwords and iCloud credentials has completely been revamped and users just need their iPhone with iOS 9.1 and Bluetooth on near the unit, and the TV grabs everything it needs to set up!
The remote too, is full of swagger. It is essentially a sleek black rectangle with a glass touchpad at the top; home, menu, play, and volume buttons; an accelerometer and gyroscope; and dual microphones for voice commands that you can provide by holding down the Siri button.
The Apple TV comes with a tvOS, which is a new Apple OS that is basically iOS revamped for TV sets.
The older Apple TVs ran on iOS, but tvOS is a proper part of the Apple platform family alongside OS X, iOS, and watchOS.
One of the biggest contributions of the tvOS is that it brings support for Siri and the App Store to the Apple TV.
It basically provides you with a computer under your TV.
There are very few changes when compared to the previous version of the Apple TV. The major ones you feel happen when you press the Siri button.
However, the downside of this is that only a small number of apps work with Siri search right now — iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime — so finding something in, say, the ESPN or CBS apps isn’t possible
The basic and the most critical task that Apple TV does is that it gets everything you want to watch in a single place, and makes it quite easy to search.